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The Tea is Cooling: The First  Session of the 113th Congress

In the First Session of the 113th Congress, NTUF's BillTally project found that fewer Members of Congress sponsored spending agendas totalling $100 billion or more but the amount of savings proposals has also dropped.

Are Your Members of Congress Net Spending Cutters? -- Search Detailed Member Reports Here

Researchers at the National Taxpayers Union Foundation are constantly scoring and updating the financial cost of legislation. Currently, NTUF has individual Member reports available for legislators who served in the First Session of the 113th Congress. 

What is BillTally?

Since 1991, NTU Foundation has computed the legislation spending agendas of Members of Congress by analyzing the costs -- and savings -- of the bills that they sponsor and cosponsor. Our goal is to provide the public, and the media, with objective, quantifiable information on what Members would like to do with the tax dollars that are sent to Washington.

BillTally State Delegation Pages

Our First Session BillTally report reveals a lot about what each state Congressional delegation plans to do with your tax dollars. Click on your state to see how each delegation member would change federal spending and for further analysis on how your state compares to others.

Here are some of our findings for the House of Representatives:

  • Utah's delegation had the largest average spending cut agenda at $132.7 billion in annual reductions.
  • There were 20 state delegations that proposed to reduce net federal spending in the First Session.
  • Vermont's delegation (thought only one person) sponsored the largest spending increase agenda at $1.2 trillion per year.
  • Twelve delegations proposed average spending increase agendas between $1.9 billion and $95.9 billion annually.
  • The remaining 18 delegations proposed an average increase of over $100 million in new annual federal spending.

BillTally highlights for the Senate chamber include:

  • The two Senators from Wyoming sponsored and cosponsored measures that would, on average, cut federal spending the most in the chamber at a net $288.2 billion annually.
  • Proposing on average to reduce public expenditures, 29 state Senate delegations' agendas ranged from $39.4 billion to $288.2 billion in per-year cuts.
  • Similar to the House, Vermont's two Senators (Senators Leahy and Sanders) averaged the largest spending agenda at $500.1 billion in annual increases. The Green Mountain State has the only delegation that proposed an over $500 billion net increase agenda.
  • Twenty states had delegations that proposed on average to increase federal spending up to $48.1 billion.

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Resources for Taxpayers, Elected Officials, the Media, and Advocates:

Current Data: The BillTally Resources page offers detailed data breakdowns of the spending agendas and bills in the House and Senate. This page is very detailed and technical.

Historical Data: The BillTally Archive page allows you to review previous BillTally reports, which include proposed spending agendas of both chambers and parties as well as detailed commentary of how Congress' measures can, could, and will affect public spending and taxpayers.

Previous State Data: In the previous Congress, NTUF analyzed some state delegations (similar to the pages provided through the map above) in the BillTally State page. Check to see if we summaried your state's Senators and Representatives, using BillTally data.

Campaign Studies: NTUF takes the comprehensive data and findings of the BillTally project and applies cost and savings estimates to individuals seeking public office. The Campaign Studies page is a listing of the different House, Senate, and Presidential races that we have covered. Plan to see more studies as more candidates join competitive races around the country.