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CAGW Names Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen September 2017 Porker of the Month

For Immediate Release      Contact: Curtis Kalin 202-467-5318
September 26, 2017  

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) named House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-N.J.) its September 2017 Porker of the Month for earmarking $900 million for a massive transportation boondoggle.

Spending Cut Alert: H.R. 3354 (FY2018 Appropriations)

September 6, 2017

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

Dear Representative,

You will soon consider H.R. 3354, the Make America Secure and Prosperous Appropriations Act, for fiscal year (FY) 2018.  On behalf of the more than one million members and supporters of the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW), I urge you to support the following amendments to H.R. 3354:

Spending Cut Alert: H.R. 3354 (FY2018 Appropriations)

September 13, 2017

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

Dear Representative,

You will soon consider H.R. 3354, the Make America Secure and Prosperous Appropriations Act, 2018.  On behalf of the more than one million members and supporters of the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW), I urge you to support the following amendments to H.R. 3354:

Citizens Against Government Waste Releases Prime Cuts 2017

Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) today released Prime Cuts 2017, the latest edition of the group’s comprehensive waste-cutting recommendations that would eliminate unnecessary and ineffective federal programs and spending. 

Citizens Against Government Waste Releases August 2017 WasteWatcher

(Washington, D.C.) – Today Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) released its August 2017 WasteWatcher.

The Can-Kicking Congress: Business as Usual

In political patois, “kicking the can down the road” connotes procrastination.  As long as the proverbial can is kicked “down the road,” rather than picked up, then the proper disposition of the derelict container is put off until some future point in time.  And much like the (equally proverbial) kicker’s aversion to taking definitive action on a relatively straightforward task, the U.S. Congress is composed of 535 “can kickers,” given their predilection to avoid taking action until the last possible minute.  On Tuesday, September 5, 2017, when the current Congress reconvenes after its annual August recess, it will have less than a month to complete several “must pass” items.

CAGW Releases 2017 Congressional Pig Book

Today, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) released its 2017 Congressional Pig Book, the 25th edition of the group’s exposé on pork-barrel spending. 

Congressional Appropriators: Rating the “Third Party”

A practical reality of life on Capitol Hill can be summed up with a saying often attributed to Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.).  In his book, Worth the Fighting for, Sen. McCain writes that, “there are, it is often observed, three parties in Congress, Republicans, Democrats, and appropriators.”  Further explained by Barry Popik, a contributor to the Oxford English Dictionary (among others), the saying “means that ‘pork barrel’ spending is nonpartisan.”

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CAGW Names Sen. Ron Wyden October 2017 Porker of the Month

Sen. Wyden is CAGW's October Porker of the Month for spreading falsehoods about common sense tax reform.