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Taxpayer's Tab Issue #26

August 9, 2011

 

 

 

Vol. 2 Issue 26 August 9, 2011

 

NTUF Partners with Washington Watch

 



NTUF is pleased to announce a new partnership with WashingtonWatch.com, an independent, interactive web site that tracks the potential fiscal impact of federal legislation. The fiscal estimates generated by NTUF’s BillTally system will now help to power WashingtonWatch’s cost calculations. The estimates featured in The Tab each week -- plus hundreds more -- will now appear on WashingtonWatch.com to make their cost calculations even more robust.

Since 1991, NTUF has computed the legislative spending agendas of Members of Congress by analyzing the costs -- and savings -- of the bills that they sponsor and cosponsor. With this new partnership, you will be able to see how those costs affect you, your family, and the national debt. At WashingtonWatch, you will also be able to read what others think about the bill and share your opinions as well. Don’t miss your opportunity to speak out!

With this new partnership, The Taxpayer's Tab will also be changing to help you keep an eye on Congress:

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July Snapshot

The National Taxpayers Union Foundation (NTUF) presents another monthly overview of the bills we scored in the month of July. The latest BillTally data includes cost estimates of both spending and savings bills, along with how many members of Congress support the legislative measures. Please note that these estimates are preliminary and NTUF continually updates BillTally research using third party and Congressional sources. Links to Member reports are for the previous Congress.

By The Numbers

During the month of July, NTUF analysts analyzed 551 bills to determine their impact on federal spending. Of those, 358 were House bills with 133 bills introduced in the past month. In the Senate, NTUF scored 193 bills of which 40 bills were introduced in July.

Net federal spending would increase by approximately $47 billion annually if all 358 House bills were enacted (see below). Totals exclude offsetting provisions. The largest spending increase bills include legislation to directly fund jobs programs, expand benefits for veterans able to receive concurrent compensation, and adjust Social Security benefits for so-called Notch Babies. Large spending cut proposals include bills to repeal reporting requirement authorized in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, rescind Medicaid maintenance of effort requirements for states, and defund foreign aid spending for Pakistan.

House Bills Scored by NTUF in July
 
Number of Bills
Net Annualized Cost/Savings
(in millions of $)
Average Cost/Savings
(in millions of $)
Average Number of Sponsors
Spending Increase Bills
72
$93,165
$1,332
14.6
Spending Cut Bills
8
($45,904)
($5,738)
17.8
No Cost Bills
260
$0
$0
13.6
Excluded*
18
N/A
N/A
6.3
Total
358
$47,261
   

* Excluded Bills are not applicable under BillTally Methodology
Source: NTUF BillTally System

The 193 Senate bills scored within the month of July would decrease federal spending by approximately $82.5 billion annually, if all of the bills were enacted (see below). Totals exclude offsetting provisions. The largest spending increase bills would establish a roadway safety program for elderly drivers, award education grants to high-need schools, and implement a Cost-of-Living Adjustment for veterans of the Armed Forces. These were more than offset by a proposal to reform the Tax Code and eliminate refundable credits.

Senate Bills Scored by NTUF in July
 
Number of Bills
Net Annualized Cost/Savings
(in millions of $)
Average Cost/Savings
(in millions of $)
Average Number of Sponsors
Spending Increase Bills
47
$3,292
$70
5.7
Spending Cut Bills
4
($85,841)
($21,460)
9.5
No Cost Bills
138
$0
$0
5.3
Excluded*
4
N/A
N/A
3.3
Total
193
($82,549)
   

* Excluded Bills are not applicable under BillTally Methodology
Source: NTUF BillTally System

Know Your Cut Bills

With the addition of the 8 House and 4 Senate cost savings bills scored in July, NTUF's savings bill list for the 112th Congress now contains 115 bills. The 8 House savings bills, excluding overlapping measures, would cut $45.9 billion. The Senate's 4 bills would cut $85.8 billion, also excluding overlapping measures. The full spreadsheet can be accessed here.

House Stats

The following sponsorship figures are based on the House bills that were scored by NTUF within the month of July (totals include both sponsors and cosponsors):

 

Senate Stats

The following sponsorship figures are based on the Senate bills that were scored by NTUF within the month of July (totals include both sponsors and cosponsors):

 

Friendship Circle

Cosponsoring bills not only shows direct support for specific legislation but it can provide insight into national issues. Below are bills that had the most cosponsors in BillTally's three established bill categories. You can join the discussion with fellow citizens and policy experts at WashingtonWatch.com.

Most Friended House Bills

  • Spending Increase Bill: H.R. 178, Military Surviving Spouses Equity Act - 146 cosponsors - sponsored by Joe Wilson (SC-2)
  • Spending Cut Bill: H.R. 2401, Transparency in Regulatory Analysis of Impacts on the Nation Act of 2011 - 33 cosponsors - sponsored by John Sullivan (OK-1)
  • No Cost Bill: H.R. 2527, Conservation Easement Incentive Act of 2011 - 296 cosponsors - sponsored by Richard Hanna (NY-24)

 

Most Friended Senate Bills

 

 

July's Bills

Spending Bills:

H.R. 2368    S. 918

H.R. 1979    S. 851

H.R. 303      S. 894

H.R. 239      S. 1001

H.R. 2637    S. 941

Savings Bills:

H.R. 584      S. 820

H.R. 1683    S. 1164

H.R. 1790    S. 1205

H.R. 1891    S. 868

H.R. 1892    S. 316




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About NTUF

The National Taxpayers Union Foundation is a research and educational organization dedicated solely to helping citizens of all generations understand how tax policies, spending programs, and regulations at all levels affect them now and in the future. Through NTUF's timely information, analysis, and commentary, we're empowering citizens to actively engage in the fiscal policy debate and hold public officials accountable every day.

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This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to aid or hinder the passage of any legislation or as a comment on any Member's fitness to serve. Cosponsor information obtained from GovTrack.us.

 

 



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