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Spending Proposed by Senate Delegations in the 112th Congress

May 25, 2012

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

Yesterday, we looked at net spending agenda by Congressional delegation and how House delegations compare with one another.  Today, we look at Senate delegations.  While the average delegation in the House had a net spending agenda of $142.2 billion, the average Senate delegation was a net saver with a net agenda of -$89.6 billion.  As in the House, the difference in party control (whether there are more Democrats or Republicans in the delegation) does appear to have an impact on the delegation's net spending agenda.  States that have two Democratic Senators have an average net agenda of $49.6 billion, while states with two Republicans have a net savings agenda of -$245.3 billion.  Delegations with one from each party (split delegations) also had a net savings agenda, -$99.7 billion.

The table also highlights the delegations with the largest spending and savings agendas.  If you don't see your delegation, you can download delegation data here (in Excel).

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.

Average Net Spending Agendas for Senate Delegations
112th Congress, First Session

(Dollar figures are in millions)

Delegation Average Increases Average Decreases Average Net # of Increase Bills # of Decrease Bills
Overall Average $26,694 ($116,338) ($89,644) 22 9
Democrat-controlled Average $55,820 ($6,199) $49,621 36 4
Republican-controlled Average $2,427 ($247,766) ($245,339) 9 14
Split Control $17,268 ($116,990) ($99,722) 20 10
Largest Net Spending Agenda  
VERMONT  $542,693 ($10,757) $531,936 48 5
Smallest Net Spending Agenda  
KENTUCKY  $1 ($378,326) ($378,325) 1 13
Largest Democrat-controlled Net  
VERMONT  $542,693 ($10,757) $531,936 48 5
Smallest Democrat-controlled Net  
MICHIGAN  $16,713 ($28,863) ($12,150) 25 5
Largest Republican-controlled Net  
MAINE  $11,200 ($46,482) ($35,283) 35 8
Smallest Republican-controlled Net  
KENTUCKY  $1 ($378,326) ($378,325) 1 13
Largest Split-controlled Net  
ALASKA  $80,190 ($25,500) $54,690 39 7
Smallest Split-controlled Net  
WISCONSIN  $1,665 ($149,645) ($147,980) 8 9

Source: NTUF BillTally , 112th Congress


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