Report: Cornyn Proposed the Most Spending Cuts in 111th Congress

WASHINGTON — The National Taxpayers Union Foundation (NTUF) recently named U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas) as the Senator with smallest-spending agenda in the previous Congress. The NTUF’s annual BillTally report examined all legislation in the 111th Congress, and found Sen. Cornyn’s agenda cut more than $98 billion net in federal spending, the most of any U.S. Senator.

The report from NTU can be found here.

“In the last election the American people told us they wanted a leaner, more efficient government that focuses on fiscal restraint and takes ownership over our spiraling debt. I’m proud of my commitment to small government, but we cannot ignore the tough decisions that lie ahead,” Sen. Cornyn said. “The $6 billion in cuts included in the most recent continuing resolution are a positive step in the right direction, but passing stopgap measures every couple of weeks is no way for our government to operate. It’s time for President Obama and congressional Democrats to work with Republicans to pass a long-term budget and make fiscal discipline a priority.”

“While a third of Senators had legislative agendas to reduce, rather than raise, spending in the 111th Congress, Senator John Cornyn was one of two who proposed to cut the budget by more than $100 billion,” said Demian Brady, Senior Policy Analyst for the National Taxpayers Union Foundation. “If all lawmakers had sponsored agendas similar in savings to that of Senator Cornyn’s, the federal budget deficit would likely be significantly lower than it is today.”


This report summarizes data from NTUF’s BillTally accounting software, which studies the cost or savings of all legislation introduced in the 111th Congress that affects federal spending by at least $1 million. Agenda totals for individual lawmakers were developed by cross-indexing their sponsorship and cosponsorship records with cost estimates for 1,654 House bills and 1,002 Senate bills under BillTally accounting rules that prevent the double-counting of overlapping proposals.


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