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Behind the Scene Look at Finance Committee: Republicans Work on Fitting Square Peg into Round Hole

Republicans in Congress continue to work on their tax reform package. Their goal is to broadly do three things:<p>Cut taxes for individuals and …

Profiles in Waste: Spooky Spending Edition

End Notes<p>1. U.S. Senator Jeff Flake, Wastebook Sneak Peek: FRANKENFEST, A MONSTER WASTE OF MONEY, https://goo.gl/hnZ6Um.<p>2. USAspending.gov, "Prime …

The Retirement Landscape is Changing, It's Time to Reevaluate

“With dignity, for all” is a phrase politicians often use when discussing retirement. But what exactly is “dignity for all,” and what has Congress …

Republicans Throw in the Towel

Republicans are in charge of Congress and are planning to pass their agenda using reconciliation – meaning they can pass a bill without any support …

The Congressional Budget Resolution Belongs in the Fiction Section

Senate Budget Chairman Mike Enzi and J.K. Rowling probably do not have a lot in common. But one thing they both excel at is conjuring up alternative …

Congress Should Look to Moneyball for Help With Government Programs

During a recent committee hearing about evidence-based policy making on Capitol Hill, Congress was shocked to hear what many Americans already …

Profiles in Waste: GSA, Agencies Fail to Safeguard Computers for Kids

‘Profiles in Waste’ is a series highlighting some of the smaller abuses of your tax dollars. Although small compared to viral billion dollar waste, …

Congress, Don't Feed the Elephant

How do you eat an elephant?<p>No doubt you’ve heard this expression before when debating how to complete a big project.<p>The answer? One bite at a …

EPA Spent $1.2 million on Conference Calls When They Could Have Been Free

Ring ring…<p>Hello?...<p>Hi. It’s the EPA, we’re here to waste your time and your money. $1.2 million to be exact.<p>Recently, the EPA’s Office of Inspector …

Make Budgets (For Millennials) Great Again

At a hearing about the President’s budget proposal in May that called for a balanced budget within 10 years, a Democratic congresswoman scolded White …

Profiles in Waste: USDA’s SNAP Payments to Prisoners

‘Profiles in Waste’ is a new series from Restore Accountability highlighting some of the smaller abuses of your tax dollars. Although small compared …

Economic Growth Should Be Earned, Not Stolen

Yesterday, Republican leaders released their long-anticipated tax proposal. It is actually just a 9-page framework that will guide Congress as they …

The Graham-Cassidy Proposal Won't Pass, But Maybe It Should

Graham-Cassidy won’t pass the Senate, but maybe it should. Why? Taking power away from Washington and pushing it back to the states isn’t a sure …

Democrats Can't Pick and Choose Which CBO Scores To Listen To

This week, the revitalization of a Republican effort to repeal and replace Obamacare gained steam behind the Graham-Cassidy proposal. The bill would …

Congress’s Defense Budget Blowout Strengthens Our Greatest National Security Threat

Yesterday, the Senate passed (89-8) the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which authorizes spending and policies for national security …

Taxpayers Will Feel the ‘Bern’ Under ‘Medicare for All’ Plan

So it’s come to this. Socialized medicine is the platform for leaders of a major American political party.<p>The “Medicare-for-all” plan that was …

$20-trillion debt puts US fiscal house on very shaky ground

On Monday, America saw one of the largest debt increases in a single day in U.S. history. Aided by the debt limit increase and stop-gap government …

The Trump Deal: Good or Bad Sign For Our Country

Last week we saw President Trump side with Democrats, leaving his own party out to dry on a government funding bill that also raised the debt limit …

EPA Spent 8 Years and $1.4 million on a Tool that is Duplicative and Barely Used

Recently, the EPA’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued a report based on a complaint alleging an EPA tool that launched last year was …

Profiles in Waste: HHS Edition

‘Profiles in Waste’ is a new series from Restore Accountability highlighting some of the smaller abuses of your tax dollars. Although small compared …

The Real Takeaway From the President’s Deal: There is No Fiscally Responsible Party

The political world was turned upside down yesterday when President Trump made a deal with Democrats on government funding, raising the debt limit, …

September Showdowns Will Remind the American People Why We Are $20 Trillion in Debt

Anyone paying attention to the news recently knows that this month will be a busy one in Washington. Congress needs to pass a bill to fund the …

The Motion to Proceed…to What? A Senate Healthcare Explainer

After weeks of uncertainty and an abysmal outlook for success, the Senate Republicans made a small breakthrough today when they passed the motion to …

Health Care

All-Star Waste: $132 Million in Federal Subsidies Used to Build Marlins Park

Tonight, baseball’s All-Stars will be on display as Major League Baseball’s National League and American League face-off to see who’s league is best, …

Baseball

TBT: The Department of Everything

This week the House Armed Services Committee started their work on the defense budget, marking up the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The …

Military

D.C. Slaps the Baseline Towards a Fiscal Crisis

“Under current law.”<p>Three seemingly simple words that are driving a divisive and confusing debate about Medicaid reform in Washington. Three simple …

Health Care

Bachelor or Bust? An Alternative Path for Young Americans

The path into today’s U.S. workforce almost always includes a bachelor degree from a four year college or university. However, as job vacancies …

College & University

Despite Ban, Earmarks on the Rise

Today, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) released their annual Congressional Pig Book. The 2017 edition identifies 163 earmarks at a cost of …

Jeff Flake

TBT: Winter is Coming...and Your Federal Tax Dollars Will Pay For It

Fans of the popular series, Game of Thrones, have been anticipating the coming of winter for many years. While the march of the white walkers is …

Game of Thrones