General Waste

Hensarling: “Economic Growth for All, and Bank Bailouts for None”

On June 7, 2016, with the mantra “Economic Growth for All, and Bank Bailouts for None,” House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) unveiled the key principles of his proposal to replace the Dodd-Frank Act with “real reforms that work,” in a speech to the Economic Club of New York.

CAGW Names Puerto Rico Governor Alejandro García Padilla May Porker of the Month

For Immediate Release Contact: Curtis Kalin 202-467-5318
May 24, 2016  

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) named Gov. Alejandro García Padilla (D-P.R.) its May Porker of the Month for recklessly pushing Puerto Rico into default. 

Let the USDA Catfish Inspection Program Off The Hook!

The US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) catfish inspection program has already been called out on nine separate occasions, February 2011March 2011May 2012February 2013April 2013April 2014December 2014February 2015, and April 2015, by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) as a program that duplicates another catfish inspection program operating at the Food & Drug Administration.  With the release of its April 2016 report on duplication, the GAO once again highlighted the problem

CAGW Releases May 2016 WasteWatcher

For Immediate Release Contact: Curtis Kalin 202-467-5318
May 12, 2016  

(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:

Fiscal Year 2017 Appropriations: Poor Track Record, Poor Outlook

In January 2016, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Ohio) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) declared their intention to punctually approve the 12 appropriations bills that fund the federal government.  Perhaps this declaration was designed to mark the ten-year anniversary of the last time this feat was accomplished, in fiscal year (FY) 2006.

GAO Duplication Report Pinpoints the Waste in Washington

When House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) famously exclaimed, “The cupboard is bare! There’s no more cuts to make,” in 2013, the national debt stood at $17 trillion.  Since then, the debt has risen to more than $19 trillion with no sign of abatement.  Members of Congress often use this growing figure as a prelude to promise to cut “waste, fraud, and abuse,” especially as they campaign for their jobs.  But, once they return or first come to Washington, they seem to have a hard time eliminating the waste, even though it is fairly easy to locate.

CAGW Names Sen. Brian Schatz April Porker of the Month

For Immediate Release Contact: Curtis Kalin 202-467-5318
April 26, 2016  

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) named Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) its April Porker of the Month for being the only member of Congress shameless enough to brag about securing an earmark in CAGW’s 2016 Congressional Pig Book.

CAGW Releases April 2016 WasteWatcher

For Immediate Release Contact: Curtis Kalin 202-467-5318
April 19, 2016  

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

Inspectors General Under Threat

One of the most effective tools for identifying and preventing waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement in the federal government are the offices of Inspectors General (OIGs) at 72 federal departments and agencies.  Their stated goal is to “combat waste, fraud, and abuse in the programs and operations of that agency."

CAGW Releases 2016 Congressional Pig Book

For Immediate Release Contact: Curtis Kalin 202-467-5318
April 13, 2016  

Schatz: “Earmarks are making an unwelcome comeback”

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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.