Appropriations

Congressional Appropriators: Rating the “Third Party”

A practical reality of life on Capitol Hill can be summed up with a saying often attributed to Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.).  In his book, Worth the Fighting for, Sen. McCain writes that, “there are, it is often observed, three parties in Congress, Republicans, Democrats, and appropriators.”  Further explained by Barry Popik, a contributor to the Oxford English Dictionary (among others), the saying “means that ‘pork barrel’ spending is nonpartisan.”

Flake, et al. to POTUS: Veto Earmarks!

On Tuesday, March 7, 2017, at a time when the U.S. House of Representatives is contemplating a return to the “insidious” practice of “earmarking,” U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), joined by a handful of his colleagues, wrote to President Donald J. Trump urging the nation’s chief executive to veto any legislation that includes earmarks.  According to Sen.

CAGW Releases February 2017 WasteWatcher

For Immediate Release Contact: Curtis Kalin 202-467-5318
February 24, 2017  

(Washington, D.C.) – Today Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) released its February 2017 WasteWatcher, a monthly dispatch to members of the news media, highlighting some of the most prominent fiscal issues affecting American taxpayers.  The stories from its February edition of WasteWatcher are listed in part as follows:

Earmark Effort Demonstrates Tone-Deafness About Swamp Drainage

On November 16, 2016, eight days after the momentous election of Donald J. Trump as president (with his promise to “drain the swamp”), House Republicans inexplicably contemplated the restoration of earmarks.  Fortunately, Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) forestalled a vote during a meeting of the Republican Conference, promising instead a thoughtful and transparent discussion about the pros and cons of earmarks during the first quarter of 2017.  That date appears to have been moved to the third quarter, following the announcement by House Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions (R-Texas) that he will hold public hearings and issue recommendations by July 4, 2017.

CAGW Releases Comprehensive Waste Cutting Proposals for 115th Congress

For Immediate Release Contact: Curtis Kalin 202-467-5318
February 13, 2017  

(Washington, D.C.) –  Today, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) released its Critical Waste Issues for the 115th Congress.  The report cuts through the clutter to outline important proposals for smaller and more efficient government. 

Media Alert: CAGW Joins Republican Study Committee Special Briefing on Congressional Earmarks

For Immediate Release Contact: Curtis Kalin 202-467-5318
January 31, 2017  

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Citizens Against Government Waste President Tom Schatz will join several Members of Congress and the Heritage Foundation in hosting a special Republican Study Committee (RSC) briefing, “Earmarks? When Pigs Fly!”

CAGW Announces 2016 Porker of the Year Nominees

For Immediate Release Contact: Curtis Kalin 202-467-5318
January 17, 2017  

CAGW Praises Sen. Flake’s Latest “Wastebook”

For Immediate Release Contact: Curtis Kalin 202-467-5318
January 10, 2017  

(Washington, D.C.) –  Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) today applauded Sen. Jeff Flake’s (R-Ariz.) new report, “Wastebook: PORKémon Go.”

Statement by CAGW President Tom Schatz on the Beginning of the 115th Congress

CAGW President Tom Schatz released the following statement on the start of the 115th Congress:

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CAGW Names Rep. Elijah Cummings November 2017 Porker of the Month

Rep. Cummings is CAGW's November Porker of the Month for attempting to place price controls on prescription drugs.