Press Clips

U.S. News & World Report Dec 6, 2017
"There are so many important things going on in Congress and in Washington this week, it's hard to keep track....The tax bill isn't the only game in town."
"Congress needs to do the hard work of making those difficult decisions, not ram through a terrible bill in the middle of the night."
"We're adding to our already unsustainable debt...and that in turn is going to crowd out other investments."
Full Measure with Sharyl Atkisson Dec 3, 2017
"There are so many line items in the OCO account that simply aren't what the account's designed for. And that's important because Congress set limits for itself. And by pushing money out of those limits and into the Overseas Contingent Account, they're going around their own rules, they're circumventing the law."
"Tax extenders were always the little caboose that could. The package that extended a passel of special interest tax breaks for a couple of years would often catch a ride on bigger legislation to get enacted."
"“The idea that this is all going to be paid for by generating solar energy is preposterous,” said Steve Ellis, vice president of Taxpayers for Common Sense. “It’s just another piece of snake oil to help sell this plan.”"
"The Energy Department needs to stop ignoring the risk associated with the Vogtle project...It only puts us on a never-ending path of giving more financial support at the expense of federal taxpayers."
"I recently was offered the opportunity to present public comments to the Department of the Interior regarding the newly re-established Royalty Policy Committee."
"Ryan Alexander: This is a question of judgment and common sense."
"“It’s basically lather, rinse, repeat,” Steve Ellis, the vice-president of the non-partisan group Taxpayers for Common Sense, recently told Politico."
"Some of the components are still years behind schedule. Swapping modules in the field also was not as easy as the Navy originally predicted, said Steve Ellis, who is with the watchdog group Taxpayers for Common Sense."
""Every dollar invested in it in the future is going to continue to be a waste,” said Josh Sewell, a senior policy analyst with Washington-based Taxpayers for Common Sense."
"These protectionist provisions are not about security. They are about doing favors for friends or campaign contributors. It’s the worst type of crony-capitalism."
"Stephen Ellis, vice president of the organization, said in an interview, "We think that basically the men and women in uniform deserve the best product for the best price, no matter where it is made. It doesn’t have to be a domestic supplier, unless you’re really talking about supercomputers."
"According to Taxpayers for Common Sense, the estimated value of gas lost on federal and tribal lands was $440 million in 2014."
FactCheck.Org May 24, 2017
"In a statement on Trump’s budget, Taxpayers for Common Sense President Ryan Alexander said, “These same growth projections are what the administration was counting on to pay for tax reform, but they’re not accounted for in here as such.”"
The Wall Street Journal Nov 13, 2016
"The tax breaks that Congress provides on income derived from or devoted to certain activities are designed to encourage that specific activity. But what they end up doing is distorting economic decision making and rewarding activity that would occur even without the special treatment."
U.S. News & World Report Nov 14, 2014
"As a country, we need Congress to live up to their responsibility of having the power of the purse – and to take on the larger set of choices contained in each bill rather than focusing on the provincial interests represented by earmarks. "
"Taxpayers for Common Sense seeks a balance of Republicans and Democrats on its board of directors, said Alexander, a seven-year board member before she became president in 2006."
"The nuclear energy industry. It had lobbied hard for $50 billion worth of federal loan guarantees for technologies that use little or no carbon — but saw it stripped from the package. Count environmental groups and the conservative Taxpayers for Common Sense as the victors here."
"...the watchdog group Taxpayers for Common Sense, is credited with naming the bridge. It started in 2002, he says, when he got a tip about a huge pork barrel project."
PolitiFact Sep 8, 2008
"The project came into national prominence when Taxpayers for Common Sense, an advocacy group that opposes wasteful spending, cited it as an extreme example of pork-barrel spending."