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    Federal Agency Loses Money Selling Government Reports. The Catch? They’re Already Free

    A federal agency selling government reports that are otherwise free is the target of a new bill meant to curtail government waste. “With a money-losing profit model only the government could design, the National Technical Information Service (NTIS) sells free government reports to other federal agencies and the public—at a … More

    Tackling Welfare: For People and the Corporations They Form

    The first step toward solving a problem is admitting you have a problem. Representative Paul Ryan (R–WI) and the House Budget Committee recently took that step with a report detailing the failure of scores of federal welfare programs. But it’s time for a similar focus on a different type of … More

    How to Get the Most from Your Dollar in a Slow Economy

    It’s an age-old problem in Washington, D.C.: Every few years or so there’s an economic slowdown, a recession, a bad jobs report, a slow recovery or something similar, and the hue and cry from editorial pages to the Oval Office is directed at Congress: “Don’t just stand there; do something!” … More

    How Congress Gets Away with Spending THIS Much Money

    Imagine for a moment that you were an NBA superstar. It’s tough to fathom making $30.5 million per year like Kobe Bryant does—but just think of that level of wealth. Even with that superstar salary, to pay for this year’s $1 trillion federal spending spree you would have to work … More

    The National Debt in One Picture

    Congress is beginning its new year with a budget deal that busts right through “caps” it was supposed to have on spending. At Heritage, we want to hold Congress accountable for its tax-and-spend ways, even as Members claim there’s no room to cut. A good place to start is understanding … More

    Booze, Pole Dancing, and Luxurious Hotels: Top 10 Examples of Government Waste in 2013

    The latest budget deal, passed by a bipartisan majority in both the House and the Senate, suggests that Washington agrees with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) when she said that “the cupboard is bare. There’s no more cuts to make.” The cupboard, however, is overflowing with liquor, crystal glassware, … More

    The Research Papers You Relied on the Most in 2013

    The Heritage Foundation is dedicated to policy research of the utmost intellectual integrity. This year featured debates on a wide range of policy issues, and Heritage’s research played an important role on Capitol Hill and throughout America. Here are the five most popular research papers from 2013. How Will You … More

    Spending Caps Have Worked, but Ryan-Murray Budget Would Lift Them

    In terms of cutting government spending, the Budget Control Act’s spending caps and sequestration have been an unparalleled success story in recent years. And yet, the House of Representatives voted last Thursday to weaken the caps in 2014 and 2015 for a $63 billion increase in the discretionary budget. Sequestration … More

    Poll: 65 Percent of Americans Think Congress Can Find More Spending Cuts

    As the Senate prepares to take up the new House-passed budget that undoes sequester cuts and increases spending, a clear bipartisan majority of American voters—65 percent—“firmly disagree[s] that ‘there are no more cuts to make’ to federal spending,” according to a recent poll conducted by the Tarrance Group. The poll, … More

    The Budget Deal -- and Why We're $17 Trillion in Debt

    Country singer Aaron Tippin’s old hit song “You’ve Got to Stand for Something (or You’ll Fall For Anything)” could be the new theme song for the Republican leadership in the U.S. House. There’s a reason that 71% of Republicans across America are dissatisfied with Republican leadership in Washington. The big … More