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.




Right-To-Work is Right for Missouri

On August 7, 2018, Missourians will have the opportunity to vote to uphold their state’s right-to-work law, passed by the legislature in 2017, which ensures that anyone can hold a job without having to join a union.  If they uphold the law by voting yes on Proposition A, Missouri will join the 27 states that have realized the vast economic benefits associated with right-to-work status.  If the law is rejected, the vote will represent not only a missed opportunity for employee choice, but also a victory for bigger government and deep-pocketed Big Labor bosses.

August SHOULD be Healthcare Month!

In June, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) he wanted to spend August on healthcare.  The Council for Citizens against Government Waste (CCAGW) agrees!

New Trump Administration Rule Provides More Healthcare Choices for Americans

Today, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Treasury Department, and the Labor Department issued a final rule that will provide more lower cost options for Americans in purchasing health insurance.  HHS Secretary Alex Azar said, “Under the Affordable Care Act, Americans have seen insurance premiums rise and choices dwindle.

Importation Will Not Lower Drug Costs

Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) was disappointed to see that the Trump Administration announced on Thursday, July 19, that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is exploring ways to import lower cost drugs from foreign countries.  Since most countries utilize price controls to determine a drug’s cost, the U.S.

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

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