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Flying High(er): Much-Needed Aviation Infrastructure Reform on the Horizon

Thanks to some thoughtful leadership on Capitol Hill, the skies could soon get a little friendlier for the travelling public and taxpayers, if innovations envisioned for the aviation industry come to fruition as the result of legislation being considered over the next several weeks.  On February 3, 2016, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) introduced H.R. 4441, the Aviation Innovation, Reform, and Reauthorization (AIRR) Act.  The current authorization of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) expires on March 31.

CAGW Releases December 2015 WasteWatcher

For Immediate Release Contact: Curtis Kalin 202-467-5318
December 18, 2015  

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

From Boondoggle to Bailout: Governor Hogan's Wrong Turn on the Purple Line

The March 2015 edition of WasteWatcher included an article about local transit projects, “Transportation Boondoggles:  Streetcars and Other Things Lacking Desire.”  One of the culprits was the proposed Purple Line, a bait-and-switch,* multi-billion dollar, 16-mile light-rail line connecting New Carrollton and Bethesda, two Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C.

Vote YES on HR 3488, the SAFE Trucking Act

U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Representative,

You will soon vote on H.R. 3488, the Safe, Flexible, and Efficient (SAFE) Trucking Act, sponsored by Representatives Reid Ribble (R-Wisc.), Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.), David Rouzer (R-N.C.), and Colin Peterson (D-Minn.), when it is offered as an amendment to H.R. 3763, the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2015. On behalf of the more than 1.2 million members and supporters of the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW), I urge you to support this amendment.

Blundering TSA Needs a Mid-Course Correction

In this post-9/11 world, Americans would not argue that the government should do everything possible to protect them from harm.  However, an agency tasked with that mission has tallied a frightening number of failures in nearly every area of its mandate and is in need of more significant reform.

Transportation Boondoggles: Streetcars (and Other Things) Lacking Desire

The road to hell may be paved with good intentions, but in the “DMV” (not the Department of Motor Vehicles, but a local acronym describing the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia), it is lined with ill-conceived transit projects, some of which are being given greater scrutiny by chastened elected leaders.

Keeping the Skies Safe

As air travel becomes ubiquitous, the federal government must ensure that the crowded skies are both friendly and safe.  In order to reassure the public that these objectives can be achieved, the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) air traffic control system must be modernized and air traffic controllers must be adequately trained.

McAuliffe’s Shakedown in Charlottesville: Highway Robbery

“Road to Rio” was a popular 1947 installment of the “Road” series of comedies starring Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, and Dorothy Lamour.  But in 2015, it is “Rio Road” that is not sitting well with audiences in Charlottesville, Virginia.


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CAGW Names Rep. John Carter August 2019 Porker of the Month

Rep. Carter is CAGW's Porker of the Month for voting for the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2019, which saddles taxpayers with more spending and debt.