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The Spending Proposed by Nevada’s Congressional Delegation

June 13, 2013


The table below shows the latest BillTally findings on the Nevada 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 Nevada’s
Congressional Delegation in the 112th Congress (Dollar Figures in Millions)

Name Party Increases Decreases Net Spending Agenda # of Increases # of Decreases
Heller, Dean R $19,800 ($258,211) ($238,411) 30 29
Reid, Harry D $65,582 ($3,657) $61,925 29 3
             
Amodei, Mark R $4,005 ($458,272) ($454,267) 20 7
Berkley, Shelley D $77,061 ($7,169) $69,892 74 7
Heck, Joe R $5,647 ($134,417) ($128,770) 23 15
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, Nevada’s House delegation had the 6th largest average net spending reduction agenda: -$171 billion.
  • Both Democratic Delegates from Nevada backed legislation that, overall, would lead to net spending increases.
  • If all of the legislation that Representative Berkley either sponsored or cosponsored during the 112th Congress were passed into law, spending would increase by more than $70 billion – the most new spending supported by any Member.
  • All of the Republicans from Nevada were “net cutters”: if the legislation they each had sponsored were enacted into law, spending would decrease. Their net budget cutting agendas ranged from $129 billion to over $454 billion (Rep. Mark Amodei).
  • Among all House Members, Representative Amodei’s agenda included the fewest amount of spending increases ($4 billion), more than offset by nearly $454 billion in cuts.
  • In the Upper Chamber, Senator Heller was a net cutter: the bills he backed would, on net, cut spending by nearly $238 billion. Senator Reid supported 29 increase proposals and 3 proposals to cut spending, for a net increase agenda of $62 billion. The average Democratic Senator supported $39 billion in net increases.

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.