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Department of Defense Delays Air Force Tanker Contract Decision…Again

The Department of Defense (DoD) has once again flip-flopped with regard to the awarding of a $40 billion Air Force aerial refueling tanker contract.

CAGW Staff August 31, 2008
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Old Porkers Learn New Tricks

On September 24, the House of Representatives passed the fiscal year 2009 Defense Authorization Act by a vote of 392-39.  The Senate will approve the legislation as well.  It includes more than $600 billion for national security programs in the...

Sean Kennedy August 31, 2008
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FCC Takes First Steps in Enforcing Net Neutrality

The government is one step closer to regulating the Internet as the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) attempts to sanction Comcast for its management of Internet traffic.  The FCC claims that its authority to act is covered under broadband...

CAGW Staff August 31, 2008
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Medicare Fraud: Not a New Story

Just before the August congressional break, Citizens Against Government Waste testified before a forum on Medicare fraud that was chaired by Sens. Mel Martinez (R-Fla.) and John Cornyn (R-Texas).  Sen. Martinez introduced S. 3164, the Seniors and...

Elizabeth Wright August 31, 2008
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Caution: Porkers at Work

While summer has almost come to an end, the only appropriations bill that has come to a full vote in either chamber of Congress this year is the Military Construction-VA spending bill (H.R. 6599).  The action taken on this bill, however, offers a...

CAGW Staff July 31, 2008
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Incensed Over Incentives

H.R. 3221, the housing bailout bill that President Bush signed on July 23, 2008 is a $300 billion handout to home builders, mortgage companies who made bad loans and borrowers who took loans for homes they could not afford.  The bill was exacerbated...

Leslie Paige July 31, 2008
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Sen. Stevens Indicted

On July 29, 2008, it was announced that Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) had been indicted by the Justice Department on seven counts of making false statements for failing to disclose $250,000 worth of gifts from a contractor.

CAGW Staff July 31, 2008
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Staying Healthy by Eliminating Waste

When President Bush announced the beginning of the President’s Emergency Plan for Aids Relief (PEPFAR) during his 2003 State of the Union speech, the five-year, $15 billion measure was announced as “the largest commitment ever by any nation for an...

CAGW Staff July 31, 2008
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Appropriations Gone Awry

Traditionally, summer is appropriations season on Capitol Hill.

CAGW Staff June 30, 2008
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Spratt Flip-Flops on Line-Item Veto

Rep. John Spratt (D-S.C.) chose politics over pork-busting when he switched his vote on the line-item veto bill in June.  The ranking Democrat on the House Budget Committee dutifully followed the partisan orders of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi...

CAGW Staff June 30, 2008
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Earmark Disclosure: Slow but Steady

“Will you disclose the earmarks that you have requested, Representative?"

CAGW Staff June 30, 2008
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Special Interests Before Taxpayers

For many years, the Government Accountability Office and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Inspector General have issued report after report pointing out that Medicare pays too much for durable medical equipment (DME...

CAGW Staff June 30, 2008

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