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Taxpayer's Tab Issue #34

October 4, 2011

 

Vol. 2 Issue 34 October 4, 2011

 

September Snapshot

The National Taxpayers Union Foundation (NTUF) presents a monthly overview of the bills we scored in September, including cost estimates and sponsorship data.  Please note that the estimates are preliminary and that NTUF revises estimates as new data becomes available.  Links to each Member's BillTally report are for the previous Congress.  For more information on how NTUF scores legislation, BillTally's methodology is available here.

By The Numbers

During the month of September, NTUF analysts scored 384 bills to determine their impact on the federal budget. Of those, 274 were House bills with 126 introduced in the past month. In the Senate, 110 bills were able to be scored, including 55 bills sponsored in September.

The 274 House bills scored by NTUF in September would increase spending by $724.5 billion a year. Totals exclude offsetting provisions.

The largest spending increase proposals include:

  • H.R. 1200, to establish universal health care programs in states at a cost of $3.98 trillion over five years.
  • H.R. 870, to fund new jobs programs targeted at the needs of those already unemployed and disadvantaged youth, resulting in $503 billion in new spending.
  • H.R. 2948, to allocate more tax dollars toward improving America's education infrastructure, which would authorize $15 billion over three years.

House savings legislation include:

  • H.R. 371, to allow health care insurers to sell plans across states lines at a savings of $155 billion over five years.
  • H.R. 2560, to institute a discretionary spending cap and require a balanced federal budget, saving $111 billion over one year.
  • H.R. 235, to cut 48 spending provisions through program terminations and reductions at a net savings of $39.6 billion in one year.
House Bills Scored by NTUF in September
(in millions of $)
 
Number of Bills
Net Annualized Cost/Savings
Average Cost/Savings
Average Number of Cosponsors
Spending Increase Bills
56
$927,398
$16,561
11.9
Spending Cut Bills
11
($202,870)
($19,434)
36.6
No Cost Bills
194
$0
$0
9.6
Excluded*
13
N/A
N/A
5.7
Total
274
$724,528
   

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

Senators proposed $937.9 billion in new spending. Totals exclude offsetting provisions.

The largest spending increase proposals include:

  • S. 915, to establish state-based health programs with the goal of universal coverage at a five-year cost of $3.97 trillion.
  • S. 1517, to fund a modern Works Progress Administration to generate new jobs, resulting in $250 billion in new spending over five years
  • S. 1597, to authorize building improvement projects for primary and secondary public schools, costing $15 million over five years.

Only one Senate bill was scored as a spending cut measure during the month of September, S. 1583. That legislation would rescind $60 million designated for the Community Development Fund.

Senate Bills Scored by NTUF in September
(in millions of $)
 
Number of Bills
Net Annualized Cost/Savings
Average Cost/Savings
Average Number of Cosponsors
Spending Increase Bills
28
$937,918
$33,497
4.4
Spending Cut Bills
1
($60)
($60)
3.0
No Cost Bills
74
$0
$0
6.2
Excluded*
7
N/A
N/A
1.4
Total
110
$937,858
   

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

Know Your Cut Bills

With the addition of the 11 House and one Senate cost savings bills scored in September, NTUF's savings bill list for the 112th Congress now contains 159 bills. The 11 House savings bills, excluding overlapping measures, would cut $202.9 billion. The Senate's one bill would cut $60 million, 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 September (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 September (totals include both sponsors and cosponsors):

Friendship Circle

Cosponsorship data indicates a Member's support for specific legislation and can also provide insights into trending policy issues. Below are bills that had the most cosponsors in BillTally's three established bill categories. You can discuss this legislation with your fellow citizens at WashingtonWatch.com.

Most Friended House Bills

Most Friended Senate Bills

  • Spending Increase Bill: S. 1280, Kate Puzey Peace Corps Volunteer Protection Act of 2011 - 30 cosponsors - sponsored by Johnny Isakson (R-GA)
  • Spending Cut Bill: S. 1583, Storm Shelter Tax Relief Act - 3 cosponsors - sponsored by James Inhofe (R-OK)
  • No Cost Bill: S. 1438, Regulation Moratorium and Jobs Preservation Act of 2011 - 26 cosponsors - sponsored by Ron Johnson (R-WI)

 

 

September's Bills

Spending Bills:

H.R. 1200      S. 915

H.R. 870        S. 1517

H.R. 2948      S. 1597

H.R. 589        S. 829

H.R. 3060      S. 1435

Savings Bills:

H.R. 371        S. 1583

H.R. 2560

H.R. 235

H.R. 2487
 
H.R. 2321




We Want You!

NTUF is looking for winter and spring associate policy analysts to participate in our internship program. Associates assist with BillTally research and other policy projects. Academic credit is possible. Email questions to ntuf@ntu.org. To apply visit our internship page. Join us and help keep a tab on Congress!




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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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