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CAGW Releases July 2015 WasteWatcher

For Immediate Release Contact: Curtis Kalin 202-467-5318
July 14, 2015  

(Washington, D.C.) – Today Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) released its July 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:

CAGW Releases June 2015 WasteWatcher

For Immediate Release Contact: Curtis Kalin 202-467-5318
June 11, 2015  

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

Providing Relief from Internet Taxes

On July 15, 2014, the House of Representatives passed the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act, which would have made the moratorium on taxes for Internet access permanent.  Unfortunately, because of legislative wrangling in the Senate, the bill failed to become law.

114th Congress: The New Sheriff(s) in Town (Senate edition)

In the last 60 years, since Republicans relinquished their Senate majority to the Democrats on January 3, 1955, the Grand Old Party has controlled the United States Senate for only 16 years (plus four months*), and they shared control with the House of Representatives for only 10 of those years, as well as the aforementioned four months.  Looking back even further to 1933, the GOP held the Senate for only an additional four years, all shared with the House.  This January, as a result of the 2014 “wave” election, the Republicans once again control both chambers.

The FCC’s Taxpayer Funded Holiday Spending Spree

With the holidays behind them, Americans are determining the aftermath of their annual holiday spending spree.  For the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the spending spree at taxpayer expense has just begun.  On December 11, 2014, the FCC met to vote on changes to the E-Rate program, which is part of the Universal Service Fund (USF). 

Fiscally Drunk and Disorderly

In spite of the decisive drubbing that President Obama and his party sustained in the mid-term elections, he continues to gallop along on his (gift) horse, proposing all kinds of new government spending programs, as if nothing has changed.  His behavior is reminiscent of the over-served guy drowning his sorrows at the local watering hole, running up a big tab on his maxed-out credit card, yelling “another round on me for everybody!” 

Repealing Obamacare - Is It Doable?

On January 6, the 114th Congress convened and is now under Republican control, with 54 senators out of 100 in the Senate and 246 representatives out of 435 in the House.  One of the major Republican campaign promises was the full repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), more often referred to as ObamaCare.  But can it be done?

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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.