Colorado: Legislative Spending Agendas
113th Congress, First Session


How much are the members of Colorado’s Congressional delegation trying to spend – or cut – when they are in Washington? National Taxpayers Union Foundation’s (NTUF)  latest BillTally study, which  tracks all significant fiscal legislation in Congress, can provide some answers.

The table below shows the latest BillTally findings on the Colorado delegation from NTUF’s analysis of the 113th Congress' First Session. The report provides a comprehensive overview of the net cost of all of the spending and savings bills sponsored or cosponsored by each Member of Congress. We cross-index our database of cost estimates with each bill supported by each Member to calculate their net spending agenda (excluding overlapping/duplicate measures).


Name Party Increase Decrease Net Spending Agenda # of Increases # of Decreases
Bennet, Michael D $26,000 ($35) $25,965 33 3
Udall, Mark D $4,866 ($41) $4,825 18 2
Average   $15,433 ($38) $15,395 26 3
Coffman, Mike R $24,645 ($131,318) ($106,673) 22 20
DeGette, Diana D $33,695 ($14,298) $19,397 38 2
Gardner, Cory R $3,081 ($69,856) ($66,775) 14 10
Lamborn, Doug R $2,973 ($180,151) ($177,178) 14 17
Perlmutter, Ed D $21,095 ($6,243) $14,852 33 2
Polis, Jared D $54,990 ($10,023) $44,967 67 4
Tipton, Scott R $365 ($64,024) ($63,659) 9 6
Average   $20,121 ($67,988) ($47,867) 28 9
  • Among the states and territories, Colorado’s House delegation had the 12th largest average net spending reduction agenda: $47.9 billion.
  • In the House of Representatives, 69 members proposed net spending reductions of over $100 billion; two were from Colorado.
  • Colorado’s Senate delegation proposed $15.4 billion in net spending on average, the 14th highest in the Chamber.

The full report contains lots of other data points, including the cost of all bills introduced in each Chamber and a look at fiscally-related member caucuses such as the Tea Party Caucus.


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This report should not be construed as an attempt to aid or hinder the passage of any bill before Congress or as reflecting on a Member’s fitness to serve.