Policy Documents

Toward Common Ground: Bridging the Political Divide with Deficit Reduction Recommendations for the Super Committee

Andrew Moylan and Dan Smith –
September 15, 2011

Though the National Taxpayers Union and the U.S. Public Interest Research Group have widely divergent views on many tax and fiscal policy issues, the organizations have identified 54 specific cuts to federal programs they say Republican and Democratic lawmakers should agree are wasteful and inefficient uses of taxpayer dollars.

The organizations plan to present their report to the "super committee" that was created as part of the deal to raise the debt ceiling another $2.4 trillion that President Obama signed into law in August 2011. The super committee of one dozen members of the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate is to recommend $1.5 trillion of cuts over the next 10 years.

Recommended cuts in the NTU/PIRG report include:

  • $214.9 billion in savings from eliminating wasteful subsidies to agribusiness and other corporations.
  • $428.8 billion in savings from ending low-priority or unnecessary military programs.
  • $232.3 billion in savings from improvements to program execution and government operations.
  • $132.1 in savings from reforms to major entitlement programs