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CAGW Releases January 2017 WasteWatcher

For Immediate Release Contact: Curtis Kalin 202-467-5318
January 25, 2017  

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

Mulvaney Faces Uphill Battle on Defense Spending

Incoming Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.) will be tasked with developing plans to cut trillions of dollars in spending, based on the ideas being floated by the Trump transition team.  While there are always challenges to implement such proposals, mostly from members of Congress, any suggestions to cut defense spending will face a particularly tough fight.  However, Director Mulvaney should be a good fit for this effort.  During his tenure in the House of Representatives, he established a track record of pushing to reduce both domestic and defense spending.

How to Make the Budget Great Again

With the beginning of a new administration, the best and brightest in leadership are often selected to advise the President.  House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price, M.D. (R-Ga.), who has been nominated as the secretary of Health and Human Services, fits that description.  He will not only be an excellent secretary; he has been an exceptional chairman of the committee.  In December, 2016, Chairman Price proposed a series of changes to the budget process.  His reforms, which will help return the budget process to regular order, include:

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:

CAGW Releases December 2016 WasteWatcher

For Immediate Release Contact: Curtis Kalin 202-467-5318
December 20, 2016  

(Washington, D.C.) – Today Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) released its December 2016 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 December edition of WasteWatcher are listed in part as follows:

Power of the Purse and Budget Process Reform

Since the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 (CBA) was first passed, Congress has been able to pass the 12 appropriations bills on time on only three occasions; the most recent was in 1997.  Although the CBA has been amended several times, the budget process remains as broken as it is confusing.  It allows members of Congress to use gimmicks and waivers to avoid budget “requirements” that have necessitated the enactment of continuing resolutions and massive spending packages to keep the government running. 

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CAGW Names Sen. Kamala Harris August 2018 Porker of the Month

Sen. Harris is CAGW's Porker of the Month for for proposing an expensive and impractical taxpayer-funded rent subsidy.