NEWS RELEASE: A Decade of Accountability

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Rebekah Bydlak
Email: media@reducespending.org

SPENDING WATCHDOG RELEASES FISCAL RECORD OF EVERY MEMBER OF CONGRESS SINCE 2009
SpendingTracker.org tallies over 4 million individual score and vote records

January 23, 2019 – The Coalition to Reduce Spending, a nonpartisan fiscal watchdog announced the newest expansion of SpendingTracker.org on Wednesday. The group has collected legislative spending records dating back to 2009, creating the largest such database in existence.

The Coalition digitizes Congressional Budget Office (CBO) scores for every bill affecting spending, cross-referencing them with voting records to assign every Member of Congress an individual score.

Key takeaways include:

  • In the 115th Congress, the average elected official – in both parties – voted to spend roughly $1.58 trillion.
  • The lowest-spending Representative during his time in office is Michigan’s Justin Amash, who voted to cut spending by roughly $165 billion in the most recent Congress; nearly tied with Amash is the second-most frugal, Kentucky Representative Thomas Massie.
  • Amash and Massie are the only Representatives who have voted for a net spending decrease during their overall time in office.
  • While much has been written about its profligate spending, the 115th Congress also represents the first time that multiple elected officials have ended a session voting for a net spending cut (Amash, Massie, Tennessee’s Jimmy Duncan, Idaho’s Raúl Labrador, and Virginia’s Morgan Griffith in the House; Kentucky’s Rand Paul and Utah’s Mike Lee in the Senate).

Coalition founder & president Jonathan Bydlak says that there was a good reason for creating the tool, which launched in 2017. “Our generation is increasingly burdened with unsustainable spending and debt, while the vast majority of politicians claim to be doing the right thing. Transparency into actual voting records is the missing piece.”

SpendingTracker.org now contains data going back to 2009, the 111th Congress. In a time when political memories have never been shorter, the tool contains roughly a decade of votes and impacts for anyone to easily access.

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The Coalition to Reduce Spending is a non-partisan advocacy organization dedicated to reducing spending and debt. More information on the spending tracker, including full explanations of methodology and dataset, can be found at SpendingTracker.org