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Largest Savings and Spending Agendas in the Senate

May 23, 2012

This is another in a series of posts that looks at data from NTUF's recently released BillTally report for the 1st Session of the 112th Congress.

The tables below highllight those Senators who have the ten largest savings and spending agendas.  Each Senator is linked to his BillTally report so that you can examine the cost estimates for each piece of legislation that the Senator sponsored or cosponsored that was included in the study.

Again, if you're not familiar with BillTally, here's a little background:  Since 1991, NTUF has computed the legislative spending agendas of Members of Congress by analyzing the costs – and savings – of the bills that they sponsor and cosponsor as part of our BillTally research project.  BillTally is the only comprehensive look at the potential cost to taxpayers of what Members want to spend on a Member-by-Member basis. 

If you're curious about what proposals your Members of Congress have made, you can search detailed reports for each Member of Congress here.


Ten Largest Net Savings Agendas (Senate)
112th Congress, First Session
Senator State
Net Spending Agenda (Millions $)
# of Increase bills
# of Decrease Bills
Paul, Rand KY ($515,716) 1 16
Coburn, Thomas OK ($358,048) 2 31
Hatch, Orrin UT ($327,386) 4 12
DeMint, Jim SC ($318,890) 1 16
Shelby, Richard AL ($305,556) 3 10
Cornyn, John TX ($294,910) 9 16
Johanns, Mike NE ($286,534) 11 21
Risch, James ID ($286,268) 5 17
Johnson, Ron WI ($284,719) 1 11
Lee, Mike UT ($284,687) 2 14

Source: NTUF BillTally, 112th Congress



Ten Largest Net Spending Agendas (Senate)
112th Congress, First Session
Senator State
Net Spending Agenda (Millions $)
# of Increase bills
# of Decrease Bills
Sanders, Bernard VT $1,037,756 46 5
Lautenberg, Frank NJ $155,884 57 5
Blumenthal, Richard CT $153,801 60 7
Begich, Mark AK $150,609 52 6
Harkin, Thomas IA $148,289 35 3
Reed, Jack RI $140,378 26 3
Reid, Harry NV $54,383 15 1
Durbin, Richard IL $27,083 39 5
Leahy, Patrick VT $26,116 50 5
Menendez, Robert NJ $24,227 53 2

Source: NTUF BillTally, 112th Congress



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