Analysis: Illinois House members rank 20th most frugal on spending votes


Compared to other states, the U.S. House delegation from Illinois  ranked 20th 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 $1.33 trillion.

U.S. senators from Illinois were ranked the 10th lowest 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.

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.

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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

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