Weekly Wastebasket

Our weekly reality-check for federal spending.

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

Cyber Security — How Much Does It Cost? Where Does Your Tax Money Go?

August 04, 2017 | National Security

With malicious hacking and other cyber threats on the rise, Taxpayers for Common Sense recently turned our attention to how much the... Read More

The CBO - Don’t Kill the Messenger

July 28, 2017 | Budget & Tax

Taxpayers scored a victory Wednesday when House lawmakers debating 2018 spending bills soundly rejected efforts to gut the Congressional... Read More

Flood Insurance Needs More Common Sense

You’d think that if the notoriously partisan House of Representatives could come together and pass substantive legislation unanimously... Read More

Crisis Governing Continues

July 14, 2017 | Budget & Tax

This week 43 years ago Congress overrode President Nixon’s veto and established the current federal budget process. It is certainly... Read More

Christmas in July for the Pentagon

July 07, 2017 | National Security

‘Tis the season: Christmas in July. Because it’s definitely Christmas if you’re a Pentagon contractor with all signs pointing to plenty... Read More

Broken Biofuels Policy will Bust your BBQ

June 30, 2017 | Energy , Natural Resources

  It’s officially summer! School’s out, the Fourth of July is upon us, and folks are firing up the backyard grill. But not everyone is... Read More

Majority (In)Action

June 23, 2017 | Budget & Tax

Congress is always slow to get legislating the first year of a new President’s term. But even by that measure the 115th is... Read More

Farm Bill 101: Once Again, For the People in the Back

June 16, 2017 | Agriculture

It’s easy to forget that not everyone's plugged into the sausage-making process of producing federal policy. Big ticket issues like... Read More

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