Today Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) released its May 2017 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 May edition of WasteWatcher are listed in part as follows:
Setting the Internet Free
By Deborah Collier
On May 18, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted by a 2-1 margin to open a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Restoring Internet Freedom. Full story here.
House Passes the American Health Care Act, Senate Up Next
By Elizabeth Wright
On May 4, 2017, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1628, the American Health Care Act (AHCA). The AHCA repeals many provisions in Obamacare and makes significant and positive changes to current law. Full story here.
Safeguarding Infrastructure Investment
By Sean Kennedy
As a candidate, President Trump pledged to invest in upgrading the country’s infrastructure. Hopefully, the president is not trying emulate the (not-so-) “shovel-ready” standard that was attached by President Obama to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Full story here.
HUD: Noble Motives, Fiscal Disaster
By Curtis Kalin
The stated mission of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is to “create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all.” While that goal is laudable, the systemic dysfunction that permeates the department will prove to be a tough challenge for HUD Secretary Ben Carson. Full story here.
Making Unauthorized Spending Wrong Again
By William M. Christian
One of the best potential reforms of the way that Congress does business is H.R. 2174, Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ Unauthorized Spending Accountability (USA) Act, which she introduced on April 26, 2017. Full story here.
Going Off the Rails in Texas
By Andrew Nehring
America’s first high-speed rail project could happen in Texas, where Houston and Dallas would be connected along a 240-mile stretch of railroad. However, CAGW considers the project a colossal waste of taxpayer dollars. Full story here.
Making the Case for Dynamic Scoring
By Rachel Cole
When Congress considers legislation to lower taxes, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) will be using dynamic scoring to help estimate its cost. Full story here.
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