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The Spending Proposed by New Jersey's Congressional Delegation

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The table below shows the latest BillTally findings on the New Jersey 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 New Jersey’s
Congressional Delegation in the 112th Congress (Dollar Figures in Millions)

Name
Party
Increases
Decreases
Net
Spending
Agenda
# of
Increases
# of
Decreases

Lautenberg, Frank

D

$189,707

($118)

$189,589

87

6

Menendez, Robert

D

$43,010

($130)

$42,880

85

4

       

Andrews, Robert

D

$196,735

($12,057)

$184,678

63

3

Frelinghuysen, Rodney

R

$337

($54,704)

($54,367)

12

7

Garrett, Scott

R

$15,229

($270,466)

($255,237)

15

29

Holt, Rush

D

$1,385,317

($13,343)

$1,371,974

118

3

Lance, Leonard

R

$14,279

($63,969)

($49,690)

33

11

LoBiondo, Frank

R

$20,338

($67,482)

($47,144)

39

12

Pallone, Frank

D

$63,590

($5,016)

$58,574

43

3

Pascrell, William

D

$182,527

($6,188)

$176,339

68

5

Payne, Donald

D

$1,368,781

($13,345)

$1,355,436

86

4

Rothman, Steven

D

$174,937

($13,762)

$161,175

104

6

Runyan, Jon

R

$17,637

($47,445)

($29,808)

30

8

Sires, Albio

D

$188,126

($3,344)

$184,782

76

2

Smith, Christopher

R

$17,269

($63,959)

($46,690)

39

4

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, New Jersey’s House delegation had the 13th largest average net spending agenda: $232 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 New Jersey backed legislation that, overall, would lead to net spending increases.
  • If all of the legislation that Representative Holt either sponsored or cosponsored during the 112th Congress were passed into law, spending would increase by more than $1.4 trillion – the most new spending supported by any Member from New Jersey and the 20th overall.
  • All of the Republicans from New Jersey were “net cutters”: if the legislation they each had sponsored were enacted into law, spending would decrease. Their net budget cutting agendas ranged from $30 billion to over $255 billion (Rep. Scott Garrett).
  • Among all House Members, Representative Frelinghuysen’s agenda included the fewest amount of spending increases ($377 million), more than offset by nearly $55 billion in cuts.
  • In the Upper Chamber, Senator Lautenberg would increase net spending: the bills he backed would, on net, raise spending by nearly $190 billion. Senator Menendez supported 85 increase proposals and 4 proposals to cut spending, for a net increase agenda of nearly $43 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.

Links:

  
National Taxpayers Union Foundation
108 North Alfred Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
703-683-5700, fax: 703-683-5722, e-mail: ntuf@ntu.org
www.ntu.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.

   


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