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Taxpayer's Tab Issue #38

November 1, 2011

 

 

 

Vol. 2 Issue 38 November 1, 2011

 

October Snapshot

The National Taxpayers Union Foundation (NTUF) presents a monthly overview of the bills we scored in October, 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 October, NTUF analysts scored 355 bills to determine their impact on the federal budget. Of those, 208 were House bills with 106 introduced in the past month. In the Senate, cost estimates were obtained for 147 bills, 54 of which were introduced in October.

The 208 House bills scored by NTUF in October would save $11.1 billion a year. Totals exclude offsetting provisions.

The Largest spending increase proposals include:

  • H.R. 776, to require an annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) increase of at least three percent for seniors at a first-year cost of $21.37 billion.
  • H.R. 2590, to require either a annual COLA for disabled and retired individuals or a $250 one-time payout to recipients, resulting in $14.5 billion in new spending.
  • H.R. 2705, to establish a global univeral basic education program, which would authorize $2 billion over five years.

House savings legislation includes:

  • H.R. 1848, to institute a one percent federal spending reduction at a savings of $67 billion over two years.
  • H.R. 2576, to return traditional calculation of income when applying for Medicaid eligibility at a net savings of $5.2 billion over five years.
  • H.R. 3090, to eliminate the Economic Development Administration, saving $292 million.
House Bills Scored by NTUF in October
(in millions of $)
 
Number of Bills
Net Annualized Cost/Savings
Average Cost/Savings
Average Number of Sponsors
Spending Increase Bills
42
$24,433
$582
16.6
Spending Cut Bills
8
($35,374)
($4,447)
26.1
No Net Cost Bills
155
$0
$0
9.0
Excluded*
3
N/A
N/A
2.0
Total
208
($11,141)
   

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

Senators proposed $42.8 billion in spending reductions. Totals exclude offsetting provisions.

The largest spending increase proposals include:

  • S. 1660, to ensure the jobs of certain teachers and first responders and to encouage the hiring of unemployed workers at a five-year cost of $172 billion.
  • S. 1403, to fully fund the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act programs, resulting in $42.45 billion in new spending over five years.
  • S. 1723, to provide grants to states to protect the jobs of public school teachers, education staffs, and first responders, costing $34.99 billion over five years.

Senate savings legislation includes:

  • S. 1476, to reduce the federal workforce by 15 percent at a savings of $300 billion over five years.
  • S. 1316, to institute a one percent federal spending reduction at a savings of $67 billion over two years.
  • S. 1378,  to return traditional calculation of income when applying for Medicaid eligibility at a net savings of $5.2 billion over five years.
Senate Bills Scored by NTUF in October
(in millions of $)
 
Number of Bills
Net Annualized Cost/Savings
Average Cost/Savings
Average Number of Sponsors
Spending Increase Bills*
38
$53,349
$1,404
4.9
Spending Cut Bills
6
($96,138)
($16,023)
3.3
No Net Cost Bills
96
$0
$0
5.1
Excluded**
7
N/A
N/A
4.9
Total
147
($42,789)
   

* One overlapping spending increase bill was excluded
**
Excluded Bills are not applicable under BillTally Methodology
Source: NTUF BillTally System

Know Your Cut Bills

With the addition of the 8 House and 6 Senate cost savings bills scored in October, NTUF's savings bill list for the 112th Congress now contains 170 bills. The 8 House savings bills, excluding overlapping measures, would cut $35.4 billion. One House bill was an update of a previous estimate. The Senate's 6 bills would cut $96.1 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 October (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 October (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 your fellow citizens and policy experts at WashingtonWatch.com.

Most Friended House Bills

Most Friended Senate Bills

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!

 

October's Bills

Spending Bills:

H.R. 776      S. 1660

H.R. 2590    S. 1403

H.R. 2705    S. 1723

H.R. 2358    S. 223

H.R. 27        S. 1311

Savings Bills:

H.R. 1848    S. 1476

H.R. 2576    S. 1316

H.R. 3090    S. 1378

H.R. 2059    S. 361

H.R. 2532    S. 1515




NTUF In The News

Earlier this month, NTUF Senior Policy Analyst Demian Brady joined the Illinois Policy Institute's Executive Vice President Kristina Rasmussen to discuss NTUF's BillTally project and some of the Foundation's preliminary results for Illinois lawmakers. As Brady explained, NTUF looks at the legislation that Members of Congress sponsor and cosponsor as "their [legislative] wish list. If [elected officials] were made king for a day, this is the list of legislative ideas that they think are great."

In discussing NTUF's preliminary findings, Brady mentioned that of the state's 19 Representatives in the House that 11 had net spending agendas that would cut average annual spending, while 8 Representatives had agendas that would increase spending on an annual basis.  As of September 1st, the largest spending cutter in the state's delegation was Congressman Joe Walsh (R-8th), who proposed roughly $190 billion in cuts spread over 11 different bills. Based on the preliminary data, Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-2nd) had the largest net spending agenda.

You can listen to the interview here.





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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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