Budget

Are Republicans Serious About a Balanced Budget Amendment?

In 2018, Republicans have done little to separate themselves from Democrats when it comes to spending taxpayer dollars.  On February 9, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 eviscerated the last semblance of fiscal responsibility in Washington, the 2011 Budget Control Act, by allowing spending caps to increase by $300 billion over the next two years.  As a follow up on March 23, with less than 24 hours of review, Congress blindly

New House Bill to Permanently Ban Earmarks

The Earmark Elimination Act—H.R. 5369—would prohibit the House from considering any legislation containing earmarks, and it would strip any earmarks found in a bill being considered by the House before it could proceed.

Federal IT Procurement Gone Awry

The concept that federal information technology (IT) procurement should be technology and vendor neutral is among the best practices for federal government agencies.  However, when a large federal agency issues an exceptionally large cloud contract to a predetermined vendor for a specific technology solution without competitive bidding, such a contract is neither technology nor vendor neutral.  A Department of Defense (DOD) contract to fix its agency-wide cloud problem is such a case.

Citizens Against Government Waste Condemns Gargantuan Omnibus Spending Bill

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) President Tom Schatz issued the following statement after Congress passed and President Trump signed into law the gigantic, deficit-busting 2,232-page fiscal year 2018 omnibus spending bill.

Citizens Against Government Waste Slams Rep. Frelinghuysen’s Claim of No Waste in the Omnibus Bill

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) President Tom Schatz issued the following statement after House Appropriations Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen (R- N.J.) laughably claimed that “not a dollar was wasted” in the gargantuan, 2,232-page fiscal year 2018 omnibus spending bill that passed the House today.

Council for Citizens Against Government Waste Releases 2017 Congressional Ratings

(Washington, D.C.) – The Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW) today released its 2017 Congressional Ratings, highlighting the voting records of all 535 voting members of Congress during the first session of the 115th Congress.  The report, which CCAGW has issued since 1989, identifies members whose voting records helped protect taxpayer dollars, as well as those who consistently voted against their interests.

CAGW Statement on the Retirement of Pork-Pushing Rep. Tom Rooney (R-Fla.)

(Washington, D.C.) – Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) President Tom Schatz issued the following statement in response to earmark proponent Rep. Tom Rooney’s (R-Fla.) announcement that he will not seek reelection.

Proposals From Citizens Against Government Waste Included in Trump FY 2019 Budget

(Washington, D.C.) – Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) President Tom Schatz issued the following statement following the release of President Donald Trump’s fiscal year (FY) 2019 budget proposal.

CAGW: Fiscal Responsibility Flouted in Cap-Busting Budget Deal

(Washington, D.C.) – Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) President Tom Schatz issued the following statement today following the announcement of a fiscal year 2018 and 2019 budget agreement that would bust the budget caps by $300 billion.

Conservative Coalition Demands Transparency in Earmark Debate

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW), along with 20 other leading conservative organizations, sent a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan, urging him to make public any vote to alter or abolish the House’s current moratorium on earmarks.  

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CAGW Names Rep. Mike Conaway July 2018 Porker of the Month

Rep. Conaway is CAGW's Porker of the Month for his expensive and wasteful farm bill.