Virginia U.S. Senators are the third highest among their peers who vote to spend taxpayer money

Compared to other states, the U.S. House delegation from Virginia  ranked 24th lowest in spending based on how they voted on key fiscal measures, according to a new analysis by the Coalition to Reduce Spending.

On average, members of the state’s delegation voted to spend $1.41 trillion.

U.S. senators from Virginia were ranked among the very highest spenders compared to senators from the other 50 states, according to the coalition’s SpendingTracker.org website, which monitored the voting records of members of the 115th Congress. The 115th Congress was in session for two years beginning in January 2017.

Virginia’s two U.S. Senators, Tim Kaine and Mak Warner, both Democrats, voted for $1.9 trillion in spending, third highest among states.

Lawmakers over that time period on average voted for $1.58 trillion in federal spending, the study found. The five most frugal House members were Justin Amash (R-Michigan); Thomas Massie (R-Kentucky); Jimmy Duncan (R-Tennessee); Raul Labrador (R-Idaho); and Morgan Griffith (R-Virginia), who all voted to cut net spending, according to the analysis.

The two most frugal senators were Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) and Mike Lee (R-Utah).

The results did not always follow partisan lines, however. Sen. Bernie Sanders, the independent socialist from Vermont, was ranked the fourth lowest spender among senators, having voted to increase spending by about $144 billion. In contrast, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida) voted to increase net spending by $330 billion.

The Coalition to Reduce Spending is a nonpartisan organization that advocates for reduced spending and public debt.

House Delegations’ Spending Rankings

Rank State # of House Members Average of Delegation’s Spending Approvals (Billions)
1 Vermont 1 $561
2 Oregon 5 $656
3 Hawaii 2 $730
4 Idaho 2 $810
5 Massachusetts 9 $1,006
6 Colorado 7 $1,063
7 Wisconsin 7 $1,113
8 Tennessee 9 $1,137
9 Kentucky 6 $1,145
10 Minnesota 8 $1,152
11 California 53 $1,199
12 New York 27 $1,208
13 Pennsylvania 18 $1,212
14 Michigan 14 $1,223
15 Arizona 9 $1,245
16 North Carolina 13 $1,287
17 Montana 1 $1,307
18 South Dakota 7 $1,314
19 Maryland 8 $1,317
20 Illinois 18 $1,327
21 Oklahoma 5 $1,358
22 Indiana 9 $1,382
23 Iowa 4 $1,408
24 Virginia 11 $1,414
25 New Jersey 12 $1,418
26 South Carolina 7 $1,433
27 New Mexico 3 $1,445
28 Missouri 8 $1,484
29 Georgia 14 $1,494
30 Ohio 16 $1,497
31 West Virginia 2 $1,519
32 Louisiana 6 $1,535
33 Utah 4 $1,555
34 Washington 10 $1,562
35 Nebraska 3 $1,586
36 Texas 37 $1,612
37 Arkansas 4 $1,628
38 Kansas 4 $1,630
39 Florida 26 $1,644
40 Maine 2 $1,644
41 Alabama 7 $1,653
42 Nevada 4 $1,692
43 Wyoming 1 $1,702
44 North Dakota 1 $1,719
45 Mississippi 4 $1,736
46 Alaska 1 $1,739
47 Rhode Island 2 $1,753
48 Connecticut 5 $1,915
49 Delaware 1 $1,915
50 New Hampshire 2 $1,919

 

Which States Have the Most Frugal Senators?

Rank State Average of the 2 Senators’ Spending Approvals (Billions)
1 Arizona $340
2 Oregon $383
3 Kentucky $789
4 Utah $793
5 Massachusetts $877
6 Vermont $1,033
7 New York $1,063
8 Florida $1,127
9 California $1,221
10 Illinois $1,232
11 Iowa $1,322
12 Idaho $1,329
13 South Carolina $1,373
14 New Jersey $1,377
15 Alabama $1,446
16 Wyoming $1,479
17 Oklahoma $1,483
18 Nebraska $1,502
19 Tennessee $1,545
20 North Carolina $1,559
21 Pennsylvania $1,572
22 Montana $1,604
23 Wisconsin $1,613
24 Colorado $1,657
25 Georgia $1,666
26 Alaska $1,687
27 Louisiana $1,688
28 Arkansas $1,691
29 Kansas $1,711
30 Texas $1,723
31 Mississippi $1,730
32 South Dakota $1,739
33 Hawaii $1,753
34 Washington $1,758
35 Nevada $1,819
36 Missouri $1,827
37 Ohio $1,832
38 West Virginia $1,836
38 North Dakota $1,836
38 Indiana $1,836
38 Maine $1,836
42 Connecticut $1,915
43 Michigan $1,916
44 Minnesota $1,925
45 Maryland $1,925
45 Rhode Island $1,925
47 New Mexico $1,932
48 Virginia $1,933
48 Delaware $1,933
48 New Hampshire $1,933

Source: Coalition to Reduce Spending

Interested in more national news? We've got you covered! See More National News
Previous Article
Next Article

 

Join the conversation!

We have no tolerance for comments containing violence, racism, vulgarity, profanity, all caps, or discourteous behavior. Thank you for partnering with us to maintain a courteous and useful public environment where we can engage in reasonable discourse.

Trending on The Hayride

Final ISIS Stronghold Falls To US-Backed Forces