General Waste

Securing the Border: A Cautionary Tale

The promise to build a wall and secure the southern border of the United States was perhaps President Donald Trump’s most well-known campaign pledge.  On January 25, 2017, he signed two executive orders related to immigration.  Executive Order No. 3 called for the “immediate construction of a physical wall,” the “expedited determinations of apprehended individuals’ claims of eligibility to remain in the United States,” and the prompt removal of individuals “whose legal claims to remain in the United States have been lawfully rejected.”  Executive Order No, 4 called for the prioritization for deportation of undocumented immigrants with criminal convictions or who have been charged with a crime and the hiring of 10,000 additional Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers, along with other provisions.  Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John Kelly signed a memorandum on February 20, 2017, to implement the two executive orders.

CAGW Releases Comprehensive Waste Cutting Proposals for 115th Congress

For Immediate Release Contact: Curtis Kalin 202-467-5318
February 13, 2017  

(Washington, D.C.) –  Today, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) released its Critical Waste Issues for the 115th Congress.  The report cuts through the clutter to outline important proposals for smaller and more efficient government. 

Trump to Resistant Bureaucrats: You're Fired

Disturbing news was reported in the January 31, 2017 Washington Post about a growing resistance from federal workers in implementing President Trump’s policies.

CAGW Releases January 2017 WasteWatcher

For Immediate Release Contact: Curtis Kalin 202-467-5318
January 25, 2017  

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

115th Congress: A New Sheriff (with a Powerful Posse) Has Arrived

For the first time since Democrats turned the Speaker’s gavel over to the Republicans in January 2011, the Pennsylvania Avenue axis of power (the White House at one end of the famous street, and both chambers of Congress at the other) will be under the control of a single party.  And for the first time since the 2004 elections, that party will be the Republicans’ “Grand Old Party,” not the Democrats.  Donald Trump’s victory in the 2016 presidential race completed the trifecta that began in 2010, when Republicans won control of the House of Representatives, followed by the 2014 elections that returned control of the Senate to the GOP.

CAGW Announces 2016 Porker of the Year Nominees

For Immediate Release Contact: Curtis Kalin 202-467-5318
January 17, 2017  

CAGW Praises Sen. Flake’s Latest “Wastebook”

For Immediate Release Contact: Curtis Kalin 202-467-5318
January 10, 2017  

(Washington, D.C.) –  Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) today applauded Sen. Jeff Flake’s (R-Ariz.) new report, “Wastebook: PORKémon Go.”

CCAGW Supports Sen. Jeff Sessions for Attorney General

For Immediate Release Contact: Curtis Kalin 202-467-5318
January 10, 2017  

(Washington, D.C.) – The Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW) sent a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday expressing its support for Attorney General nominee Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.).  The letter reads: 

Statement by CAGW President Tom Schatz on the Beginning of the 115th Congress

CAGW President Tom Schatz released the following statement on the start of the 115th Congress:


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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.