The table below shows the latest BillTally findings on the Michigan 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 Michigan’s Congressional Delegation in the 112th Congress (Dollar Figures in Millions)
|Name||Party||Increases||Decreases||Net Spending Agenda||# of Increases||# of Decreases|
|Stabenow, Debbie Ann||D||$45,358||($17,819)||$27,539||64||12|
|Rogers, Michael J.||R||$3,871||($44,021)||($40,150)||19||13|
|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, Michigan’s House delegation had the 18th largest average net spending agenda: $145 billion. Two members were sponsors of legislation to enact a single-payer, universal health system exclusively administered by the federal government.
- Each House Democratic Representative from Michigan backed legislation that, overall, would lead to net spending increases.
- If all of the legislation that Representative Conyers either sponsored or cosponsored during the 112th Congress were passed into law, spending would increase by nearly $1.8 trillion – the most new spending supported by any Member.
- Each of the Republicans from Michigan were “net cutters”: if the legislation they each had sponsored were enacted into law, spending would decrease. Their net budget cutting agendas ranged from $40 billion to over $250 billion (Rep. Bill Huizenga).
- Among all House Members, Representative Amash’s agenda included the fewest amount of spending increases ($38 million), more than offset by nearly $200 million in cuts.
- In the Upper Chamber, Senator Levin was a net cutter: the bills he backed would, on net, cut spending by nearly $13 billion. Senator Stabenow supported 64 increase proposals and 12 proposals to cut spending, for a net agenda of $27.5 billion. The average Democratic Senator supported $39 billion in net increases.
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.
- Report: http://www.ntu.org/foundation/billtally-report-112-3.html (or pdf)
- Press Release: http://www.ntu.org/foundation/52813_112th-congress-billtally-spending-report.html
- Searchable Database of Members’ Legislation: http://www.ntu.org/on-capitol-hill/billtally/
National Taxpayers Union Foundation108 North Alfred Street, Alexandria, VA 22314703-683-5700, fax: 703-683-5722, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.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.