General Waste

Citizens Against Government Waste Statement on Tax Reform Kickoff

Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) President Tom Schatz issued the following statement echoing President Trump’s kickoff speech on the urgent need for comprehensive tax reform that lowers rates and eliminates loopholes.

Citizens Against Government Waste Releases August 2017 WasteWatcher

(Washington, D.C.) – Today Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) released its August 2017 WasteWatcher.

The Can-Kicking Congress: Business as Usual

In political patois, “kicking the can down the road” connotes procrastination.  As long as the proverbial can is kicked “down the road,” rather than picked up, then the proper disposition of the derelict container is put off until some future point in time.  And much like the (equally proverbial) kicker’s aversion to taking definitive action on a relatively straightforward task, the U.S. Congress is composed of 535 “can kickers,” given their predilection to avoid taking action until the last possible minute.  On Tuesday, September 5, 2017, when the current Congress reconvenes after its annual August recess, it will have less than a month to complete several “must pass” items.

Confirmation Congestion: 124 Down, More Than 1,000 to Go

President Donald Trump has the authority to fill more than 4,000 executive positions, of which 1,212 require Senate confirmation.  According to a joint study by The Washington Post and the Partnership for Public Service, as of August 22, 2017, the Senate has confirmed 124 Trump nominees, with 277 nominations pending.  By comparison, President George W. Bush had 294 confirmations, with 414 pending nominations by August 22, 2001; while President Obama reached 310 confirmations and 433 pending nominations by August 22, 2009.  The confirmation of less than half the number of Bush and Obama nominees has hindered the advancement of President Trump’s agenda.

Obama-Era EPA Employees Received Overtime Pay Without Justification

Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) called for continued downsizing at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), following the August 9, 2017 release of a report on questionable overtime pay from the Office of Inspector General (OIG).

CAGW Releases July 2017 WasteWatcher

For Immediate Release
Contact: Curtis Kalin 202-467-5318

July 26, 2017
 

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

The Dangers of Single-Payer Healthcare

Citizens Against Government Waste Names Former Rep. Jason Chaffetz July 2017 Porker of the Month

For Immediate Release
Contact: Curtis Kalin 202-467-5318

July 25, 2017
 

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) named former Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) its July 2017 Porker of the Month for advocating for taxpayer-funded housing for members of Congress.

CAGW Releases 2017 Congressional Pig Book

Today, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) released its 2017 Congressional Pig Book, the 25th edition of the group’s exposé on pork-barrel spending. 

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CAGW Names Rep. Elijah Cummings November 2017 Porker of the Month

Rep. Cummings is CAGW's November Porker of the Month for attempting to place price controls on prescription drugs.