The National Taxpayers Union Foundation (NTUF) has released a report on federal spending showing Congressman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) to have the most fiscally conservative policy agenda of all members of the House or Senate.
NTUF computed the annualized cost of 1,698 pieces of legislation introduced in 2009, then calculated for each House and Senate member the total amount of spending contained in the bills they sponsored and cosponsored. Jordan's policy agenda was found to have cut federal spending by $229.8 billion. The next highest-ranked spending cutter was Congressman Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) with $162.2 billion in proposed cuts.
"Last year, about one in four House members had legislative agendas to reduce--rather than raise--federal spending, while fewer still proposed to cut the budget by more than $100 billion," said Pete Sepp, Executive Vice President of the NTUF. "If all lawmakers had sponsored agendas similar in savings to that of Congressman Jordan, the federal budget deficit would likely be significantly lower than it is today."
Jordan said that he was honored by the findings of the NTUF and would continue to work on the spending reductions contained in his balanced budget legislation, H.Con.Res. 281.
"Despite the trillions in bailouts and failed stimulus plans, Congress continues to spend like there is no tomorrow," Jordan said. "I think it is great that the National Taxpayers Union Foundation shines the light on Congress's out-of-control spending. I hope every American will take a moment to examine the record of their member of Congress."
The study found that the number of "spending increase" bills introduced in the House outnumber "spending cut" bills by a ratio of 16 to 1. Spending increase bills in the Senate outnumbered spending cut bills 18 to 1.
The complete report and more information about the project are available at www.ntu.org/ntuf/billtally-111-1.html.