The WasteWatcher: The Staff Blog of Citizens Against Government Waste

The WasteWatcher

The WasteWatcher is the staff blog of Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) and the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW). For questions, contact blog@cagw.org.




President Trump tweeted this week that "Tariffs are the greatest!" Farmers disagree.

The federal government will soon dole out around $12 billion in "temporary relief" to farmers adversly affected by President Trump's tariffs and trade war, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced on Tuesday. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue told reporters that amount was "in line" with the estimated impact from retaliatory tariffs on U.S. agriculture exports. 

The aid will be awarded to cotton, corn, dairy, hog, and soybean farmers as well as possibly others. It is scheduled to go into effect on Labor Day. 

California Takes Two Steps Back on Net Neutrality

The state of California has moved ahead with one of the most ambitious pieces of state-based net neutrality legislation to date.  SB 822, the Communications: Broadband Internet Access Service, reinstates the restrictions put in place by the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) in 2015 and goes even further with additional regulatory restrictions.  

Another Trump Administration Proposed Regulation to Lower Drug Costs for Seniors

Yesterday afternoon, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) released a notice of a proposed rule that would revise how Medicare would pay for outpatient drugs under the 340B drug discount program at off-campus hospital sites.  Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) is pleased to see this proposed rule because it represents another needed reform to the 340B drug discount program that will save patients money and protect taxpayers.

A Space Force Will Only Lead to More Waste

On June 18, 2018, President Donald Trump directed the Pentagon to begin the process of creating a Space Force.  While the idea was praised by some members of Congress, detractors point to concerns about the increased bureaucracy and costs associated with a sixth military branch.

The “Little Crappy Ship’s” Decade of Failure

When the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) launched on April 26, 2008, it was intended to modernize the Navy and become “the backbone of the future fleet.”  After more than a decade, this dream has not come to fruition.  In fact, the LCS seems unlikely to be deployed for a second consecutive

Taxpayers and Patients Win Second Round on 340B Drug Discount Rule

In January, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) discussed a court case concerning a November 1, 2017 Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) final rule for Medicare Part B that will lower costs to taxpayers and Medicare beneficiaries for certain outpatient pharmaceuticals purchased under the 340B drug discount program.  It is expected the rule will save Medicare beneficiarie

New Jersey Faces Plethora of Tax Increases

In the spring of 2018, New Jersey’s new governor and leaders in the legislature were arguing about which state taxes to raise.  Governor Phil Murphy had pledged to soak the wealthy with a state individual income tax of 10.75 percent on all income more than $1 million, but powerful State Senate President Steve Sweeney preferred a tax increase on corporate income.

House Ways and Means Committee Boosting Use of Health Savings Accounts

On July 11 and 12, the House Ways and Means Committee marked up and passed 11 bills that will expand the use and availability of Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) for all Americans and would make other changes to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare.  The bills considered were:

Streamlining 5G Deployment

On June 28, 2018, Sens. John Thune (R-S.D.) and Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) introduced S.

FCC Works Through the Mid-Band Spectrum

On July 12, 2018, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to adopt an Order and Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Expanding Flexible Use of the 3.7 to 4.2 GHz Band (GN Docket No. 18-122).

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