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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.


Restoring State Authority for Lifeline

In another sign of better times for taxpayers and consumers at the Federal Communications Commission, Chairman Ajit Pai is taking steps to address jurisdictional problems created by his predecessor, Tom Wheeler, regarding the Lifeline program. Citizens Against Government Waste has long reported on problems with the program, which is supposed to provide low-income households with subsidized telephone services and wireless services.

The Sky Is Clearing, Not Falling, on Internet Privacy

The hysteria and hyperbole about online privacy needs to stop following House passage of S. J. Res. 34, which invoked the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to rescind the Federal Communications Commission’s Privacy Order.

Obamacare Lives -- For Now Anyway

Today certainly was a disappointing day for congressional Republicans. Since March 23, 2010, seven years ago yesterday, Republicans have wanted to repeal and replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare. But, House Republican leadership was unable to satisfy enough members in their caucus to vote for their repeal and replacement bill, H.R. 1628, the American Health Care Act.

Time to Address FCC's Privacy Order

There is a point where over-regulation can lead to uncertainty.  Such is the case with the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Privacy Order.

American Health Care Act -- A Bill to Repeal and Replace Obamacare

The House Republicans have introduced a bill that will begin the process to repeal and replace Obamacare, entitled the American Health Care Act of 2017 (AHCA). Obamacare is collapsing and Congress must act to stabilize and prevent further turmoil in the individual and small group health insurance market.

Smoke and Mirrors: Teenage E-Cigarette Use Down

There is a lot of misinformation regarding e-cigarettes.  If you’re the parent of a teen, you have probably seen the sensational headlines about “studies” concluding that teens are vaping at “record highs” because it’s now what the “cool kids” are doing. However, this “fact” couldn’t be further from the truth.

A debate is ongoing about whether or not e-cigarettes will lead teenagers down the Big Tobacco road. Some healthcare trade associations are claiming “doom and gloom” because teens are allegedly using e-cigarettes at a staggering rate.

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.

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