The Tea is Cooling: The First Session of the 113th Congress

In the First Session of the 113th Congress, NTUF's BillTally project found that fewer Members of Congress sponsored spending agendas totalling $100 billion or more but the amount of savings proposals has also dropped.

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Report Findings:

If Congress and the President enacted all non-overlapping legislation proposed in the both the House and Senate in 2013, the federal government would grow by $1.09 trillion, increasing outlays by a third. This is a result of 680 spending initiatives costing $1.84 trillion and 119 savings proposals totalling $750 billion.

Members of the House authored 496 spending increase bills and 112 cut bills. If enacted, the total 497 non-overlapping measures would increase federal spending by approximately $1.17 trillion each year, or $9,571 per household. For every spending reduction bill introduced, the House sponsored 4.4 bills to increase expenditures.

Of the six fiscally-related House Caucuses, the Tea Party Caucus would decrease the budget the most:

  •  Republican Main Street Partnership: -$31.6 billion (net savings)
  • Republican Study Committee: -$99 billion (net savings)
  • Tea Party Caucus: -$127.5 billion (net savings)
  • Blue Dog Democrats: $94.8 billion
  • Congressional Progressive Caucus: $857.1 billion
  • Congressional Black Caucus: $735.5 billion 

Comparing the proposed agendas of Senate Members by party between the 108 and 113 Congresses

Senators drafted 266 increase measures and 51 cut savings bills. If all 317 non-overlapping measures are enacted, the budget would increase by a net $620 billion annually -- or $5,059 per household.

Legislative and Historical Comparisons

  • 10 Largest Spending Increase & Savings Bills (Excel) (107th Congress to Present)
  • List of Spending Cut Proposals in the 112th Congress (Google Spreadsheet)
  • House Members Sorted by Net Spending Agenda (Excel) (107th Congress to Present)
  • Senate Members Sorted by Net Spending Agenda (Excel) (107th Congress to Present

Resources for Taxpayers, Elected Officials, the Media, and Advocates:

Current Data: The BillTally Resources page offers detailed data breakdowns of the spending agendas and bills in the House and Senate. This page is very detailed and technical.

Historical Data: The BillTally Archive page allows you to review previous BillTally reports, which include proposed spending agendas of both chambers and parties as well as detailed commentary of how Congress' measures can, could, and will affect public spending and taxpayers.

Previous State Data: In the previous Congress, NTUF analyzed some state delegations (similar to the pages provided through the map above) in the BillTally State page. Check to see if we summarized your state's Senators and Representatives, using BillTally data.

Campaign Studies: NTUF takes the comprehensive data and findings of the BillTally project and applies cost and savings estimates to individuals seeking public office. The Campaign Studies page is a listing of the different House, Senate, and Presidential races that we have covered. Plan to see more studies as more candidates join competitive races around the country.