I Never Thought I Would See the DayPosted by Demian Brady - September 06, 2007
National Taxpayers Union Foundation's BillTally program examines the cost or savings of all bills introduced in Congress and cross-indexes this data with all of the bills that each Member of Congress sponsors or cosponsors. We just completed a review of the savings bills introduced and scored so far in the 110th Congress.
Members of the House introduced 39 savings bills through August of this year -- the most since 72 were introduced to kick off the 106th Congress. Among individuals, 3 Democrats and 31 Republicans sponsored or cosponsored zero savings bills, while 123 Democrats and 33 Republicans supported at least 5 or more bills to reduce spending.
On average, a typical House Democrat sponsored 5 spending reduction bills, versus 2 for the typical Republican.
Roughly one-third of the Senate, including 24 Republicans and 8 Democrats, did not sponsor or cosponsor a single one of the 17 savings bills authored in that chamber. Only 2 Senators, both Democrats, sponsored 5 or more spending-cut bills. Democrats sponsored an average of 1.6 savings bills each, while the average Republican sponsored 0.7.
On the other hand, each House savings bill was outnumbered over 20 to 1 by bills to increase spending. For each bill introduced in the Senate that would reduce federal spending, there were over 30 bills to raise spending -- an improvement from the ratio of nearly 37 increases for each cut in the first 8 months of the 109th Congress.
A list of the savings bills identified in Congress through the August recess is available as an Excel file.
A complete NTU Foundation BillTally report on the spending and savings bills will be available soon after Members' offices have a chance to review their data. Previous reports are available here.
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