Disaster Relief

Texas Should Consider Using the Rainy Day Fund Sooner Rather than Later

What will likely turn out to be the largest natural disaster in Texas’ history swept ashore on August 25, 2017.  Hurricane Harvey was the rainiest tropical storm in history to hit the U.S.

Federal Spending on Disaster Relief is Out of Control

According to an April 29, 2013 article in The Washington Post, the federal government is spending more than previously thought on disaster relief.

Disaster Relief Blows Away

Adding taxpayer insult to personal and business injury, hundreds of millions of dollars have been squandered in an effort to help those affected by the unprecedented storm.

Emergency Spending: a Bipartisan Failure

On January 29, 2013, President Obama signed into law a $50.5 billion relief bill aimed at helping victims of Hurricane Sandy.  Despite complaints from many fiscal conservatives – Citizens Against Government Waste included – that the bill had been unnecessarily fattened up in order to serve parochial interests, the deal got done.  Its passage marked an important victory for politicians like New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), both of whom had publicly and loudly excoriated Congress for dragging its feet. 

Sandy Relief Bill is a Disaster

On November 18, 2012, Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) told Politico that spending cuts triggered by the “fiscal cliff” projected to take effect on January 1 would be “devastating,” and that they would “really compromise our domestic security and our capacity to respond to emergencies and disasters like [Superstorm Sandy].”  For that bit of scare-mongering, Sen. Lieberman was named Citizens Against Government Waste’s (CAGW) Porker of the Month.

CAGW Supports Ethanol Mandate Waiver

For Immediate Release Contacts:     Leslie K. Paige 202-467-5334
June 24, 2008 Alexa Moutevelis 202-467-5318

CAGW and the TaxPayers’ Alliance Condemn EU Court Ruling on Microsoft

For Immediate Release Contact: Leslie Paige (202) 467-5334
September 17, 2007 Alexa Moutevelis: (202) 467-5318


FEMA and Trading Spaces

When a participant goes on the popular Learning Channel show Trading Spaces, they have two days to redesign a room in the home of a friend or family member.  They must remain under budget throughout the process.  Conversely, when FEMA decides to remodel, it tends to extend projects indefinitely and ignore budget limitations.  Nonetheless, fans of the home improvement show might still enjoy FEMA’s project along the Gulf Coast.

CCAGW Calls La. Delegation’s Rebuilding Request “Irresponsible”

For Immediate Release Daytime :  Jessica Shoemaker 202-467-5318
September 26, 2005 After hours :    Tom Finnigan 202-253-3852



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CAGW Names Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser April 2018 Porker of the Month

Mayor Bowser is CAGW's Porker of the Month for attempting to bail out the failing Washington Metrorail system by taxing Uber and Lyft riders.