Analysis: Nevada House members rank 9th least frugal on spending votes


Compared to other states, the U.S. House delegation from Nevada ranked ninth highest in spending based on how they voted on key fiscal measures, according to a new analysis by the mo

On average, members of the state’s delegation voted to spend $1.69 trillion.

U.S. senators from Nevada were ranked the 35th 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

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

Which States Have the Most Frugal Senators?

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

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