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The Spending Proposed by Ohio’s Congressional Delegation

June 6, 2013


The table below shows the latest BillTally findings on the Ohio 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 Ohio’s Congressional Delegation in the 112th Congress (Dollar Figures in Millions)
Name Party Increases Decreases Net Spending Agenda # of Increases # of Decreases
Brown, Sherrod D $56,484 ($12,197) $44,287 92 11
Portman, Robert R $6,971 ($261,725) ($254,754) 17 25
             
Austria, Steve R $1,746 ($189,585) ($187,839) 19 15
Chabot, Steven R $9,774 ($208,364) ($198,590) 23 17
Fudge, Marcia D $1,370,545 ($3,362) $1,367,183 81 2
Gibbs, Bob R $15,157 ($208,162) ($193,005) 13 28
Johnson, Bill R $6,336 ($183,618) ($177,282) 39 23
Jordan, Jim R $15,071 ($494,786) ($479,715) 8 29
Kaptur, Marcy D $1,257,269 ($13,343) $1,243,926 66 3
Kucinich, Dennis D $1,435,126 ($49,740) $1,385,386 96 4
LaTourette, Steven R $14,473 ($40,436) ($25,963) 33 5
Latta, Robert R $4,393 ($191,055) ($186,662) 21 25
Renacci, Jim R $3,195 ($152,885) ($149,690) 18 12
Ryan, Timothy D $1,266,654 ($3,383) $1,263,271 83 3
Schmidt, Jean R $10,081 ($72,728) ($62,647) 21 14
Stivers, Steve R $13,587 ($177,094) ($163,507) 35 20
Sutton, Betty D $33,822 ($3,713) $30,109 56 1
Tiberi, Patrick R $13,583 ($65,569) ($51,986) 16 15
Turner, Michael R $17,654 ($47,460) ($29,806) 30 10
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, Ohio’s House delegation had the 15th largest average net spending agenda: $188 billion. Four members were sponsors of legislation to enact a single-payer, universal health system exclusively administered by the federal government.
  • Each House Democratic Representative from Ohio backed legislation that, overall, would lead to net spending increases.
  •  If all of the legislation that Representative Kucinich either sponsored or cosponsored during the 112th Congress were passed into law, spending would increase by more than $1.4 trillion – the most new spending supported by any Member from Ohio and the 15th overall.
  • All of the Republicans from Ohio were “net cutters”: if the legislation they each had sponsored were enacted into law, spending would decrease. Their net budget cutting agendas ranged from $46 billion to over $480 billion (Rep. Jim Jordan). We did not include Speaker Boehner in this report because Speakers of the House do not typically sponsor or cosponsor legislation to the degree that rank-and-file Members do.
  • Among all House Members, Representative Austria’s agenda included the fewest amount of spending increases ($1.7 billion), more than offset by nearly $199 billion in cuts.
  • In the Upper Chamber, Senator Portman was a net cutter: the bills he backed would, on net, cut spending by nearly $255 billion. Senator Brown supported 92 increase proposals and 11 proposals to cut spending, for a net increase agenda of $44 billion. The average Democratic Senator supported $39 billion in net increases.

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National Taxpayers Union Foundation
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703-683-5700, fax: 703-683-5722, e-mail: ntuf@ntu.org
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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.