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BillTally Data Being Used in Republican Primary Fight

by Douglas Kellogg / /

A few recent news articles on the battle for the Republican Presidential nomination have referred to NTU and NTU Foundation data being used by the campaigns.

A particular “Restore our Future” ad references NTU Foundation’s BillTally data.

To be clear, neither NTU nor NTU Foundation endorses presidential candidates. Furthermore, we have no affiliation with any of these ads; information on the NTU rating of Congress as well as NTU Foundation’s BillTally is available to everyone through public portals on this website. Still, with these projects coming up in campaign-trail news – and generating many public inquiries – we thought it would be useful to focus on one aspect of our work here.

Below you will find Rick Santorum’s career BillTally data. In the particular Congress apparently referenced in the “Restore our Future” ad, 2003-2005, Santorum’s net spending agenda was $28.7 billion, compared to the Senate Republican average spending agenda of $33.7 billion.

BillTally (as many Government Bytes readers know) measures the spending agenda, meaning sponsorships and co-sponsorships of legislation, for individual members of Congress. It has nothing to do with floor votes. BillTally allows citizens to see what kind of changes to federal expenditures (not taxes or regulations) their representatives have proposed overall, and the cost that would be incurred if their entire agenda were passed.

More BillTally data is available in the archive HERE.

Rick Santorum ‰Û¬NTUF BillTally Data‰Û¬ 102nd -109th Congress

Congress

Increases

Spending Cuts

Net

102nd

$15.9

($37.9)

($22.0)

103rd

$23.1

($81.5)

($58.4)

104th

$27.2

($47.6)

($20.4)

105th

$8.9

($0.00)*

$8.9

106th

$39.4

($0.4)

$39.0

107th

$22.1

($0.02)

$22.1

108th

$28.7

$0.0

$28.7

109th

$27.6

($0.3)

$27.3

‰Û¬Note:  Dollar figures are in billions of dollars.  Net may not add due to rounding.‰Û¬* Spending cuts for 105th Congress total $4 million.  This is in contrast to the 108th Congress when he did not sponsor or cosponsor a spending cut bill.‰Û¬Source:  National Taxpayers Union Foundation