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Drunken sailors in Congress

A new report from the National Taxpayers Union analyzes the actions of Congress in 2004 and finds big government on the march. A few highlights:

In the Senate, each $1 saved from legislation that would reduce spending was overwhelmed by $18.16 in new spending. In the House, each $1 of savings proposed in legislation was swamped by $47.66 in spending increases.

Just 11 House Members had net agendas to reduce spending, while 167 Representatives -- nearly 40 percent of the House -- compiled net agendas to increase spending by greater than $100 billion. Of these, 37 (36 Democrats and one Independent) had net agendas to increase spending by over $1 trillion.

Only two Senators produced net agendas to reduce spending, while 27 Democrats and one Republican had net agendas to increase spending by greater than $100 billion.

Adrian Moore is Vice President, Policy


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