The table below shows the latest BillTally findings on the Virginia 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 Virginia’s Congressional Delegation in the 112th Congress |
(Dollar Figures in Millions)
|Name||Party||Increases||Decreases||Net Spending Agenda||# of Increases||# of Decreases|
|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, Virginia’s House delegation had the 29th largest average spending agenda: a budget increase of $57 billion. The three Democrats in the House caucus sponsored an agenda ranging in cost from $51 billion up to $1.2 trillion (Representative Scott is a sponsor of a bill to enact a single-payer, universal health care system).
With the exception of Representative Wolf, the Republicans were “net cutters”: if the legislation they sponsored or cosponsored were enacted into law, spending would be cut. Rep. Rigell had the largest net cutting agenda in the delegation ($227 billion).
The two Senators’ respective spending agendas were each less than the average Democratic Senator (which was $39 billion) and Senator Warner was one of the six Democrats with net cutting agendas. The average Republican Senator sponsored budgetary cuts of over $270 billion.
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/