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The Spending Proposed by Virginia’s Congressional Delegation

June 6, 2013

The table below shows the latest BillTally findings on the Virginia 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 Virginia’s Congressional Delegation in the 112th Congress
(Dollar Figures in Millions)
Name Party Increases Decreases Net Spending Agenda # of Increases # of Decreases
Warner, Mark D $2,317 ($13,845) ($11,528) 33 6
Webb, Jim D $4,405 ($3,404) $1,001 27 5
             
Cantor, Eric R $19,779 ($84,558) ($64,779) 2 11
Connolly, Gerald D $54,010 ($3,377) $50,633 110 4
Forbes, Randy R $6,371 ($156,469) ($150,098) 30 18
Goodlatte, Robert R $12,831 ($176,078) ($163,247) 17 19
Griffith, Morgan R $1,074 ($74,063) ($72,989) 9 9
Hurt, Robert R $921 ($64,017) ($63,096) 13 7
Moran, James D $160,299 ($6,239) $154,060 103 9
Rigell, Scott R $9,679 ($237,629) ($227,950) 22 25
Scott, Robert D $1,233,937 ($3,376) $1,230,561 81 4
Wittman, Rob R $16,837 ($85,298) ($68,461) 39 19
Wolf, Frank R $17,193 ($15,845) $1,348 34 6
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, Virginia’s House delegation had the 29th largest average spending agenda: a budget increase of $57 billion. The three Democrats in the House caucus sponsored an agenda ranging in cost from $51 billion up to $1.2 trillion (Representative Scott is a sponsor of a bill to enact a single-payer, universal health care system).

With the exception of Representative Wolf, the Republicans were “net cutters”: if the legislation they sponsored or cosponsored were enacted into law, spending would be cut. Rep. Rigell had the largest net cutting agenda in the delegation ($227 billion).

The two Senators’ respective spending agendas were each less than the average Democratic Senator (which was $39 billion) and Senator Warner was one of the six Democrats with net cutting agendas. The average Republican Senator sponsored budgetary cuts of over $270 billion.

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.