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Obama’s Kenya Flights Cost $6 Million, Tie Him for Most Total International Trips

by Douglas Kellogg / /

New data from National Taxpayers Union Foundation’s (NTUF’s) study of Presidential travel, “Still Up in the Air”, found Obama has spent 161 days abroad during his presidency on 41 international trips. 


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Consumers Win as FCC Approves AT&T-DirecTV Merger

by Elizabeth Dolan / /

Late last week, the FCC approved the consumer-friendly merger between one of the nation's largest wireless carriers and the largest satellite TV provider. AT&T's $48.5 billion procurement of DirecTV creates a combined business possessing around 26 mil
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House Committee Acts to Reduce Taxpayer-Backed $4 Million Salaries

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Taxpayers were outraged to learn that the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) recently approved massive salary increases for the top executives at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Prior to June 30, 2015, the CEOs at Fannie and Freddie each made a generous sa
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Letters 

NTU Urges EPA to Lower Ethanol Mandate

by Pete Sepp / /

On behalf of the members of National Taxpayers Union (NTU), I write to express our concerns regarding the recently issued "Standards for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Program for 2014, 2015, and 2016." Though long overdue, the Environmental Protection
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Vote Alert 

NTU Urges All Representatives to Vote “YES” on H.R. 427, Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act of 2015

by Nan Swift / /

NTU urges all Representatives to vote "YES" on H.R. 427, "Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act of 2015." This would increase legislative control and accountability over federal regulatory policy by requiring Congress to affirmati
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NTU Joins Free-Market Groups in Support of the PREPARE Act of 2015

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On behalf of the undersigned free-market and taxpayer organizations, we urge you to join Reps. Matt Cartwright, D-Pa., and Leonard Lance, R-N.J., in supporting the Preparedness and Risk Management for Extreme Weather Patterns Assuring Resilience and Effec
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Podcast 

Speaking of Taxpayers: Motorcycles! Former Senator Wayne Allard on Why Ethanol is Bad for Riders

by Douglas Kellogg / /

Get your motor running! ... Well not if the EPA keeps increasing the ethanol mandate which is destructive for a variety of engines, including motorcycles, Sen. Wayne Allard explains why this anti-consumer policy must be stopped! Plus, the Outrage of the W
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Letters 

NTU Supports S. 942, the "Fair Treatment for All Donations Act"

by Nan Swift / /

On behalf of the members of National Taxpayers Union (NTU), I write to express our support for S. 942, the "Fair Treatment for All Donations Act." This legislation would protect donations to 501(c)(4), (c)(5), and (c)(6) organizations from being subject t
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NTU Urges All Senators to Vote No on the Export-Import Bank

by Nan Swift / /

NTU urges all Senators to vote "NO" on the Kirk amendment to H.R. 22, the legislative vehicle for the Highway Trust Fund legislation. This amendment would reauthorize the Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank, thereby perpetuating a program with dubious benefits and
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Podcast 

Speaking of Taxpayers: Hillary Doesn't Like to Share; Jim Webb's Spending Agendas

by Douglas Kellogg / /

Taxpayer news items from around the country lead the program, then the podcast is joined by Americans for Tax Reform's John Kartch to talk about HIllary's attack on the sharing economy, NTU's Clark Packard adds to that issue with New York Mayo
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