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The Spending Proposed by Virginia's Congressional Delegation

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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)
NamePartyIncreasesDecreasesNet Spending Agenda# of Increases# of Decreases
Warner, MarkD$2,317($13,845)($11,528)336
Webb, JimD$4,405($3,404)$1,001275
       
Cantor, EricR$19,779($84,558)($64,779)211
Connolly, GeraldD$54,010($3,377)$50,6331104
Forbes, RandyR$6,371($156,469)($150,098)3018
Goodlatte, RobertR$12,831($176,078)($163,247)1719
Griffith, MorganR$1,074($74,063)($72,989)99
Hurt, RobertR$921($64,017)($63,096)137
Moran, JamesD$160,299($6,239)$154,0601039
Rigell, ScottR$9,679($237,629)($227,950)2225
Scott, RobertD$1,233,937($3,376)$1,230,561814
Wittman, RobR$16,837($85,298)($68,461)3919
Wolf, FrankR$17,193($15,845)$1,348346
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.

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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