Weekly Wastebasket

Our weekly reality-check for federal spending.

What’s the Score? Dynamic Scoring of Tax Reform Proposals

October 13, 2017 | Budget & Tax

Tax reform is not a game. If major US tax reform is enacted anytime soon, it will affect all Americans. Most will see some change in... Read More

Bonanza at the Border

October 05, 2017 | National Security

The House Homeland Security Committee has completed its consideration of H.R. 3548, the “Border Security for America Act”. It would be... Read More

Tax Cuts Are Easy, Tax Reform Is Hard

September 29, 2017 | Budget & Tax

More than three decades have passed since the US last accomplished comprehensive tax reform. The Tax Reform Act of 1986 emerged from... Read More

Lots of Lawmaker To-Dos

September 21, 2017 | Budget & Tax

Congress may have kicked the end of fiscal year spending issue can down the legislative road for a couple months, but it’s still a long... Read More

Knifing the Budget Caps

September 15, 2017 | Budget & Tax

Self-control is hard. It’s apparently especially hard if you’re a member of Congress doling out taxpayer dollars. Just look at current... Read More

Time To Rethink Disaster Relief And Related Spending

September 08, 2017 | Transportation & Infrastructure

Nearly $15 billion in disaster assistance is likely to clear Congress this week. But with Hurricane Irma projected to hit Florida this... Read More

Post-Harvey: Can’t Afford Business As Usual

September 01, 2017 | Transportation & Infrastructure

Sadly, the nation is about to find out – again – that our federal disaster policies are failing taxpayers and the people impacted by... Read More

Ignoring Agricultural Realities at the Taxpayer’s Expense

August 25, 2017 | Agriculture

The end of August marks the return of farmers to their fields to prepare for harvest and the return of lawmakers to Washington to... Read More

Flooding Costs Taxpayers Dearly

How is President Trump going to protect waste of taxpayer money on high risk construction after eliminating a common sense flood... Read More

Budget Shenanigans to Build a Border Wall

August 11, 2017 | National Security

The inner workings of how the House of Representatives passes legislation is a rock you might not want to kick over. Goodness knows... Read More

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