President Trump’s FY 2021 Budget: Good, Bad, and ‘Sad!’ An Illustrated Guide

The fiscal year (FY) 2021 President’s Budget acknowledges rampant waste and abuse in federal spending and proposes a detailed plan to curb some of Washington, D.C.’s worst excesses. But, the President’s plan doesn’t actually cut spending, it slows down the growth of spending by $4.4 trillion over the course of the decade. The full list of cuts can be found here.

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Taxpayer Watchdog Releases Commonsense Healthcare Reform Proposals

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA), a non-partisan advocacy group representing taxpayers and consumers across the United States, released a comprehensive series of proposals to reform healthcare in the United States which would improve the quality of care while reducing costs. These issue briefs offer practical solutions to the scourge of surprise billing and include reforms to reduce the price of prescription pharmaceuticals and improve end-of-life care. TPA also uses evidence and analysis to rebut the idea that “Medicare for All” is an appropriate approach to healthcare reform.

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Watchdog Praises FCC Chairman Pai for Moving Forward with Public C-Band Auction

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) praised Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai for moving forward with a public auction of “C-band” spectrum. This segment of taxpayer-owned mid-band spectrum is critical for the deployment of next-generation 5G internet due to its ability to carry sizable bits of data over relatively long distances. Incumbent satellite users of the band under the banner of the C-Band Alliance (CBA) fought for months to conduct a private sale of the spectrum with little oversight or guarantee of taxpayers being compensated. Despite Chairman Pai’s November announcement that the FCC intends to conduct a public auction with guaranteed taxpayer proceeds, the CBA continues to fight for an opaque “private sale.”

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Taxpayer, Consumer Groups Launch Coalition Against Healthcare Rate-Setting

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) announced the launch of the “Coalition Against Rate-Setting” and a new website (noratesetting.org) that will fight against government attempts to meddle in the U.S. healthcare system. The coalition, which consists of 14 well-respected non-profit organizations including: the Taxpayers Protection Alliance, 60 Plus Association, Americans for Limited Government, Campaign for Liberty, Center for a Free Economy, Center for Freedom and Prosperity, Center for Individual Freedom, Citizens Against Government Waste, Club for Growth, FreedomWorks, Heritage Action for America, Hispanic Leadership Fund, Market Institute, and National Taxpayers Union, will highlight the myriad consequences of using federal price-fixing to address the issue of “surprise medical billing.”

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Watchdog Praises Congress for USMCA Agreement

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) praised Republican and Democratic lawmakers for putting aside partisan politics and agreeing to a compromise version of the United States-Mexico-Canada Free Trade Agreement (USMCA). Originally agreed to by the three North American nations in November 2018, USMCA serves as a successor trade deal to the North American Free Trade Agreement and preserves the free trade zone amongst its signatory countries.

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Watchdog Slams Big Government “Compromise” on Surprise Billing

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) criticized a deal reached by Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Reps. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) and Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) to “solve” the issue of surprise billing. Each year, millions of patients receive surprise medical bills in the mail from out-of-network providers after being discharged from an in-network ER. The lawmakers recently agreed to a proposal that would attempt to curb this practice via federal price-fixing, despite the negative repercussions of government intervention in healthcare including the narrowing of insurance networks over the past decade.

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Watchdog Urges Lawmakers to Reject Payouts to Electric Vehicle Producers

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) expressed concern that the House Ways and Means Committee will expand the electric vehicle (EV) tax credit as a part of tax extender legislation likely under consideration in December. Recently, House Democrats unveiled the “Green Act,” which would expand the 200,000 vehicle-per-manufacturer cap for EV producers to 600,000 vehicles. The pressure to expand the program comes as key producers, such as Tesla, publicly push for greater subsidization of EV vehicles while seeing their tax credits decline.

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Watchdog Praises FCC Chairman Pai for 5.9 Spectrum Band Announcement

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) praised Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai for his commitment to opening up a significant portion of the 5.9 GHz band of radio spectrum for unlicensed Wi-Fi use. Chairman Pai announced today that the lower 45 megahertz of the spectrum band would be made available for internet users across the country, while the remaining 20 megahertz would be devoted to cutting-edge vehicle communications technologies

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