Passage of TPA is a Win for All

On June 24, 2015, the Senate followed the House’s lead and voted 60-38 in favor of H.R. 2146, which contained the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act (TPA).  After President Obama signed the bill into law on June 29, 2015, he can now “fast track” trade deals to Congress for approval by a simple majority in both chambers.  This process assures trading partners that agreements cannot be amended once a deal has been consummated.

CCAGW Applauds Senate Passage of Trade Promotion Authority

For Immediate Release Contact: Curtis Kalin 202-467-5318
June 24, 2015  

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW) praised the U.S. Senate for once again passing Trade Promotion Authority (TPA).

CCAGW Applauds House Passage of Trade Promotion Authority, Urges Senate to Act

For Immediate Release Contact: Curtis Kalin 202-467-5318
June 18, 2015  

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW) praised the House for once again passing Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) and urged the Senate to pass TPA without delay.

The TPA Debate: Fears & Facts about “Fast-Track”

When Chicken Little said “The sky is falling!” and convinced his barnyard brethren of the same, the facts notwithstanding, he practically invented fear-mongering.  Trade liberalization opponents are engaged in their own version of spreading false and misleading information by claiming that so-called “fast track” legislation is fraught with end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it perils.  Just as the falling acorn was a whopping example of misdirection, so too is much of the current opposition.   Legislators, taxpayers, and the media should separate fear from fact during this critical debate over trade liberalization.

New CAGW Report on Intellectual Property

On November 17, 2014, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) will release its latest report, “Intellectual Property: Making It Personal.”  Co-authored by CAGW President Tom Schatz and Director of Technology and Telecommunications Policy Deborah Collier, the report describes the positive effects of intellectual property (IP) for individuals, companies, and the U.S. economy, as well as the negative consequences of IP theft.

CAGW Releases September WasteWatcher

For Immediate Release Contact: Alexandra Booze 202-467-5318
September 11, 2014  

End Ex-Im Once and For All

This fall, Congress will have an opportunity to shut off a massive spigot of corporate welfare that costs taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars each year.  All that senators and representatives have to do is what they do best:  absolutely nothing.  When the authorization for the Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im Bank) expires on September 30, 2014, Congress should not renew its charter.

ObamaCare = Slouching Toward the PIIGS

PIIGS is the acronym for the European countries of Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Greece and Spain.  These countries represent the most at-risk economies in Europe, particularly after the European sovereign debt crisis in 2009 and 2010.  Their fiscal conditions, which include astronomically high debt and large social-welfare states, should be a warning to the United States. 

Odd Choices in Afghanistan

In late December 2012, the United States Air Force (USAF) did not renew its contract with Alenia Aermacchi, a subsidiary of Italian-based defense contractor Finmeccanica, to refurbish and supply 20 G222s (also known as the C-27A) for the Afghan Air Force (AAF).


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CAGW Names Montana Gov. Steve Bullock February 2018 Porker of the Month

Gov. Bullock is CAGW's Porker of the Month for issuing an executive order that would rob Montana consumers of a 21st century internet.