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GAO to DOD: “F-35 Unreliable, Unaffordable”

by Nan Swift / /

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently released two reports taking aim at the oft-troubled F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program.  The aircraft, intended to fulfill multiple fighting roles across all three branches of the Armed Services, has already seen its fair share of woes.


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Letters 

Support ESPCs: Taxpayers Know a Good Deal When They See It!

by Pete Sepp / /

On behalf of National Taxpayers Union's (NTU's) many thousands of members throughout the nation, I urge you to lend your maximum support for the deployment of Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPCs) throughout the federal government, as well as for b
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Latest Edition of “Prime Cuts” Highlights Rampant Government Waste

by Brandon Arnold / /

Recently our friends at Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) released the 2015 iteration of their annual "Prime Cuts" report. This is an outstanding guide for anyone interested in identifying and cutting the fat in the federal budget. As CAGW notes, t
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Vote Alert 

NTU Vote Alert: Amendments to Military Construction & Veterans Affairs and Energy & Water Appropriations Bills

by Nan Swift / /

As the House considers H.R. 2029, the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act of 2016, NTU urges all Representatives to support amendments that would reduce waste, increase efficiency, and save taxpayers money. To that end, NTU will
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NTU Vote Alert: "No" on Conference Report to Budget Resolution"

by Nan Swift / /

NTU urges all Members to vote "NO" on the Conference report to S. Con. Res. 11, the Concurrent Budget Resolution for Fiscal Year 2016. Despite some desirable features and laudable long-term goals, this budget relies on gimmicks to circumvent budget caps
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Letters 

NTU Joins Broad Coalition In Support of Quigley Amendment to Energy and Water Appropriations Bill

by Nan Swift / /

We are writing to urge your support of the Quigley Amendment to the Fiscal Year 2016 Energy and Water Appropriations Act, H.R. 2028. This amendment would save taxpayers $167 million by maintaining the acquisition schedule for the nuclear-armed cruise miss
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Congress Is Monkeying Around with the Budget

by Brandon Arnold / /

Kudos to Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) for holding up – however briefly – the Congressional budget resolution over very serious concerns about so-called "Changes in Mandatory Spending" or CHIMPS. Though unfortunately he eventually relented and droppe
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Letters 

NTU Urges Missouri Legislators to Oppose 911 Fees

by Brandon Arnold / /

On behalf of the members of National Taxpayers Union in Missouri, I am writing to express opposition to HB 714, which would allow a 911 fee of up to $1.50 to be imposed on cell and landline phones and would create a 3 percent tax on all prepaid phones.
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NTU Urges Nevada Legislators to Oppose Tax Hikes

by Brandon Arnold / /

On behalf of the members of National Taxpayers Union (NTU) in Nevada and across the country, I urge you to oppose bills in the current legislative session that would impose higher taxes on individuals, families, and businesses. While a weak economy has in
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