Citizens Against Government Waste Releases $4 Trillion in Prime Waste-Cutting Recommendations | Citizens Against Government Waste

Citizens Against Government Waste Releases $4 Trillion in Prime Waste-Cutting Recommendations

Press Release

October 5, 2023
For Immediate Release
October 5, 2023
Contact: Alexandra Abrams (202-467-5310)

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) released Prime Cuts 2023, the latest edition of the group’s comprehensive recommendations to eliminate waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement in the federal government. 

Here are the facts:

  • Prime Cuts has been published annually since 1993 and addresses every area of government spending. 
  • Total savings from Prime Cuts 2023 are $402.3 billion in the first year and $4 trillion over five years.
  • There are 543 recommendations from bipartisan and nonpartisan sources, including the Government Accountability Office, Congressional Budget Office, and the budgets of former Presidents Trump and Obama. 
  • Since CAGW’s inception in 1984, implementation of the group’s recommendations has helped save taxpayers more than $2.4 trillion.

Prime Cuts 2023 includes the following recommendations:

  • Reduce Medicare improper payments by 50 percent, which would save $23.4 billion over five years.
  • Eliminate Community Development Block Grants (CDBGs), which would save $16.5 billion over five years
  • Sell excess federal property and reform leasing practices, saving $15 billion over five years
  • Eliminate the sugar, dairy, and peanut programs, which would collectively save $6.4 billion over five years
  • Eliminate funding for the alternate engine for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, saving $2.9 billion over five years.
  • Eliminate the Market Access Program (MAP), a corporate welfare program that funnels taxpayer dollars to large, profitable corporations and trade associations, saving $878 million over five years.

CAGW President Tom Schatz said in a statement:

“The fiscal status of the United States is shameful and chilling.  The national debt has reached a catastrophic $33.4 trillion and will grow at a record pace over the next decade.  Inflation is skyrocketing, Americans are struggling, and Congress continues to squander the taxpayers’ money.  The only way to rein in excessive and inefficient government spending is for elected officials to reduce waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement.  Prime Cuts 2023 is not only required reading for taxpayers, the media, and legislators, but also a roadmap for the bold action needed to restore fiscal sanity and help prevent a financial disaster.”

Citizens Against Government Waste is the nation’s largest nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement in government.


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