The Swine Line: The Staff Blog of Citizens Against Government Waste

The Swine Line

The Swine Line 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.


The Debt Ceiling: Extraordinary Measures and Where to Find Them

On March 7, 2017, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) announced that if the debt ceiling was not raised or extended before March 16, the Treasury will be unable to borrow funds for standard operating procedures.  In order to avoid breaching the debt ceiling, the Treasury will be forced to take extraordinary measures so that it is able to continue borrowing, but this will only last for a short period.  Another debt ceiling fight in Congress is inevitable, but most likely not un

Flake, et al. to POTUS: Veto Earmarks!

On Tuesday, March 7, 2017, at a time when the U.S. House of Representatives is contemplating a return to the “insidious” practice of “earmarking,” U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), joined by a handful of his colleagues, wrote to President Donald J. Trump urging the nation’s chief executive to veto any legislation that includes earmarks.  According to Sen.

Pentagon Obscures Cost Growth of “Little Crappy Ship”

According to a March 2017 Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, the Defense Office of Prepublication and Security Review, which is charged with reviewing information to be released to the public, blocked awkward information regarding cost growth in a historically wasteful program.

Bernie’s Bereft and Bogus Bill

On February 28, 2017, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) introduced, S.

An Obamacare Repeal/Replace First Draft

On February 16, an "Obamacare Repeal and Replace Policy Brief and Resources" document was released that laid out the following points:  Obamacare has failed; it will only get worse; that repealing the law will provide relief combined with a stable transition to something new; and the Republicans in Congress have a better way to deliver healthcare in this country.

HHS Secretary Tom Price Moves Fast to Ease Obamacare Burdens

You can tell the new secretary at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is on the job. Sworn in hours after he was confirmed by the Senate on Friday, February 10, Doctor Tom Price began his first full day at HHS on Monday. By Wednesday, a new proposed rule was released that will help to stabilize the current individual marketplace that has been ravaged under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), more commonly referred to as Obamacare.

At Age 21, Telecommunications Act Needs to Grow Up

On February 8, 2017, the Telecommunications Act of 1996 turns 21 years old.  Some might say, “Oh, here is a law that has stood the test of time.”  But they would be wrong.

House Passage of the Email Privacy Act

On February 6, 2017, increased privacy for emails took a step forward with the House passage of H.R. 387, the Email Privacy Act.  This legislation provides a much-needed update to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), and extends the legal requirements of warrants to email communications stored by cloud services providers.

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 Statement on Designation of Commissioner Ajit Pai as FCC Chair

On January 23, 2017, it was announced that President Trump has designated Ajit Pai as chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). 

The following statement can be attributed to CAGW President Tom Schatz upon learning of this designation:

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