General Waste

CAGW Releases October 2016 WasteWatcher

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

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

Washington's 2016 Year-End Spending Spree

As federal fiscal years wind down, a frustrating ritual takes place throughout departments and agencies:  a spending surge on frivolous items in order to avoid budget cuts in the next fiscal year.  The final month of fiscal year 2016 is no exception.

Unauthorized Spending, Sacred Cows, and the Need for Training Wheels

Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) has long advocated for reforms to the way that Congress does business, focused on senators and representatives who turn blind eyes to ever-increasing spending.  One such reform, introduced on March 14, 2016 by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) is H.R. 4730, the Unauthorized Spending Accountability (USA) Act.

Upstate New York Film Project Flops

The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) was established in 1922.  Since then, the organization has grown into a worldwide juggernaut, promoting America’s film artists and representing the industry issues before government regulators and legislative bodies across the globe.  According to the MPAA, the American film industry currently supports 1.9 million workers and contributes $41 billion to more than 345,000 businesses in a given year in the United States alone.

Possessed by Pensions: Impending Union Bailouts

With Halloween around the corner, teenagers and adults alike will dust off classic scary movies, ranging from the comical (Ghostbusters) to the terrifying (The Exorcist).  They may have seen these movies dozens of times, but they continue to be surprised and still jump at the sight of these demonic possessions when young Regan “spider-crawls” down the stairs of her mother’s Georgetown home or ghosts terrorize New York City.  Like these and other scary movies, Congress is on the verge of yet another horror show that has been seen too many times:  a taxpayer-funded bailout.

A Cure for Electoral Depression: Focus Final 2016 Presidential Debate on Policy Solutions

In a recent poll, a sizable portion of young Americans said they would rather vote for a giant meteor to strike the Earth over either of the two presidential candidates.  There might be a reason for such a dark and depressing result.  The first two presidential debates have utterly failed to discuss important issues facing the nation with any depth, choosing to focus on shenanigans instead of substance. 

Medicare Making Improper Payments to Prisoners

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) recently exposed vulnerabilities that end up costing taxpayers hundreds of billions in wasteful spending due to erroneous and sloppy billing, and outright fraud.

Clinton/Trump Round 2: Taxpayers Deserve a Policy Debate

Before the first Presidential debate on September 27, 2016, CAGW proposed policy questions that would enlighten taxpayers as to where each candidate stands on critical government waste issues facing the nation. Unfortunately, the debate utterly failed to discuss any of these issues with any depth, choosing to focus on shenanigans instead of substance.

VP Debate Preview: Wasteful Spending Rating of the 2016 Vice Presidential Nominees

For Immediate Release Contact: Curtis Kalin 202-467-5318
October 4, 2016  

(Washington, D.C.) – In preparation for tonight’s Vice Presidential Debate, the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW) today released its congressional ratings for the Democratic Vice Presidential nominee, Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), and the Republican Vice Presidential nominee, Gov. Mike Pence (R-Ind.).

CAGW Blasts Rep. Rooney’s Scheme to Resurrect Corruptive Earmarks

For Immediate Release Contact: Curtis Kalin 202-467-5318
September 30, 2016  

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) slammed Rep. Tom Rooney (R-Fla.) for his push to bring wasteful and corruptive earmarks back to Congress.


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