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Latest Taxpayer's Tab: Trimming the DoD Budget

by Michael Tasselmyer / /

Thanks to the support and feedback of our readers as well as the hard work of our creative content team, The Taxpayer's Tab got a visual overhaul recently, and we have new research to introduce along with the new look.

This week's Tab features a proposal from Congressman Ken Calvert (R-CA) to reduce the Department of Defense's civilian workforce of 770,000 by 15 percent. In doing so, H.R. 4257 would save about $16.5 billion per year, or $82.5 billion over the next half decade.

Also featured this week:

  • Most Expensive: Congressman Jared Huffman (D-CA) introduced H.R. 4239, which would provide $475 million in emergency funding for drought relief in California and other western states, and make it easier for affected areas to receive federal assistance compared to current law.
  • Wildcard: Washington, D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton's (D) H.R. 4243 would ease restrictions on commercial filmmakers shooting video or photographs in and around the Capitol building.
  • Presidential Travel Update: NTUF recently updated our ongoing study of Presidential travel, and we have a roundup of some of the media attention it generated.

Be sure to check out the full Tab online for more information on these bills and our research.