CAGW Releases July 2015 WasteWatcher

For Immediate Release Contact: Curtis Kalin 202-467-5318
July 14, 2015  

(Washington, D.C.) – Today Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) released its July 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 July edition of WasteWatcher are listed in part as follows:

Congress’s Claim to be a Small Business Brings on an Ethics Complaint

By Elizabeth Wright

Under the Code of Federal Regulations, Title 13, Chapter 1, Section 121.105, “a business concern eligible for assistance from SBA as a small business is a business entity organized for profit, with a place of business located in the United States, and which operates primarily within the United States or which makes a significant contribution to the U.S. economy through payment of taxes or use of American products, materials or labor.”   Under this definition, or any other legal or rational interpretation of a “small business,” it would essentially be impossible for a government entity to qualify as a small business.  Read the full story here.

Big Government Threatens Internet Independence                  

By Deborah Collier
Americans celebrated their freedom from tyranny on July 4.  Unfortunately, these freedoms are rapidly eroding due to an increasing amount of government regulation and intervention into everyone’s daily lives.  Read the full story here.

Passage of TPA is a Win for All

By P.J. Austin

On June 24, 2015, the Senate followed the House’s lead and voted 60-38 in favor of H.R. 2146, which contained the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act (TPA).  After President Obama signed the bill into law on June 29, 2015, he can now “fast track” trade deals to Congress for approval by a simple majority in both chambers.  This process assures trading partners that agreements cannot be amended once a deal has been consummated.  Read the full story here.

Blundering TSA Needs a Mid-Course Correction

By Curtis Kalin

In this post-9/11 world, Americans would not argue that the government should do everything possible to protect them from harm.  However, an agency tasked with that mission has tallied a frightening number of failures in nearly every area of its mandate and is in need of more significant reform.  Read the full story here.

Signal Lost and $430 Million Wasted

By Jessica Chesloski

Following the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, the 9/11 Commission identified the need for an interoperable communication network among the nation’s first responders.  The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was tasked with creating a common channel that different types of first responders could access.  After more than a decade and $430 million spent, the system impedes rather than improves communication among first responders.  Read the full story here.

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