CAGW Releases September 2015 WasteWatcher

For Immediate Release Contact: Curtis Kalin 202-467-5318
September 16, 2015  

CAGW Releases May 2015 WasteWatcher

For Immediate Release Contact: Curtis Kalin 202-467-5318
May 18, 2015  


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

Spending Caps: To Bust or Not To Bust?

On May 5, 2015, the Senate followed the House’s lead and voted 51-48 to approve the conference report accompanying the fiscal year (FY) 2016 Budget Resolution.  In other words, Congress did its job and passed a joint budget plan for the first time since 2009.

A Budget Reconciliation Primer: No Peaches & Herb

The term “reconciliation” tends to evoke feelings of rapprochement and reunion.  But unlike Peaches & Herb’s 1979 chart-topping hit, “Reunited (and it Feels So Good),” reconciliation has no romantic meaning when it pertains to the Federal budget.

End the Pentagon Slush Fund

Created in 2001 to fund the war in Afghanistan and other associated costs of the Global War on Terror, the Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) account was intended to be a one-time emergency supplemental.  Instead, it has been used as an annual funding measure, including in 2003, when the U.S. invaded Iraq.

CAGW Releases Prime Cuts 2015

For Immediate Release Contact: Curtis Kalin 202-467-5318
April 1, 2015  


GAO Cites Billions Left on the Chopping Block

The prevailing wisdom inside the Beltway and especially among big-government politicians and bureaucrats is one that was espoused by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) in 2013.  Flummoxed by a reporter’s question on budget cuts, she literally threw up her hands and exclaimed, “The cupboard is bare! There’s no more cuts to make!”

Keep the Caps

Based on all of the bloviating around Washington, D.C., about how sequestration is inflexible and unworkable, one would assume that the entire federal budget process is about to explode.  In reality, the caps on federal discretionary spending are scheduled to increase every year through fiscal year (FY) 2021; just not by as much as some would like.

Prime Cuts 2015: Bipartisan Proposals Included

After expanding control of the House of Representatives and taking over the Senate in the November 2014 elections, Republicans have a clear mandate to reduce spending.


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