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The Spending Proposed by New Hampshire’s Congressional Delegation

June 13, 2013


The table below shows the latest BillTally findings on the New Hampshire delegation from National Taxpayers Union Foundation’s analysis of the 112th Congress. 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).

 

Net Cost of Legislation Sponsored and Cosponsored by New Hampshire’s
Congressional Delegation in the 112th Congress (Dollar Figures in Millions)

Name
Party
Increases
Decreases
Net
Spending
Agenda
# of
Increases
# of
Decreases
Ayotte, Kelly R $8,196 ($234,655) ($226,459) 15 25
Shaheen, Jeanne D $31,992 ($647) $31,345 48 6
             
Bass, Charles R $3,121 ($34,656) ($31,535) 13 8
Guinta, Frank R $2,909 ($355,636) ($352,727) 14 17
Note: The links in the names will open a detailed report of that Member’s sponsored bills that had cost estimates.

 

Among the states and territories, New Hampshire’s House delegation proposed, on net, to cut federal spending by an average of $192 billion. That was higher than all but 3 other House delegations in the country. Focusing exclusively on Republican delegations in the House, New Hampshire’s two Representatives proposed the 13th largest budget-reducing agendas. Both of New Hampshire’s House Representatives were “net cutters,” meaning that the legislation they sponsored would, on net, decrease federal spending if passed.

Congressman Frank Guinta’s net budget-cutting agenda of nearly $353 billion ranked as the 23rd highest out of all U.S. Representatives, and the 35th highest out of the entire 112th Congress.

New Hampshire’s Senate contingency proposed a net average cut agenda of just less than $98 billion, almost exactly matching the Senate-wide average. Senator Jeanne Shaheen’s $31 billion in proposed spending increases was less than the $39 billion agenda supported by the average Senate Democrat. Her Republican colleague, Senator Kelly Ayotte, proposed just over $226 billion in budget cuts, which was less than the average Senate Republican agenda of $273 billion in cuts.

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.

Links:

   
National Taxpayers Union Foundation
108 North Alfred Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
703-683-5700, fax: 703-683-5722, e-mail: ntuf@ntu.org
www.ntu.org/ntuf
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.