The National Taxpayers Union (NTU), which describes itself as “America’s independent, non-partisan advocate for overburdened taxpayers,” has been compiling a “Bill Tally” on members of Congress since 1991 through its National Taxpayers Union Foundation (NTUF). The results of these tallies
are based on each Senator’s or Representative’s individual sponsorship or cosponsorship of legislation, and provide an in-depth look at the fiscal behavior of lawmakers, free from the influence of committees, party leaders, and rules surrounding floor votes. All cost estimates for bills are obtained from third-party sources or are calculated from neutral data.
So, let’s see how Lynn Woolsey fares. We have access to tallies for complete information for the 107th Congress through the 110th Congress as well as the latest data for the first half of the 111th Congress (which, of course, is now in its second half).
Here is link to the summary page for all completed Congresses (107-110) and the first session of this current 111th Congress. With the exception of the 107th Congress, Lynn Woolsey’s votes in Congress have resulted in net cost gains of over a million dollars during each Congress! In first half of the present 111th Congress, our house member has already accumulated over 1.4 million in cost — more than she did in a few earlier entire two-year spans.
Let’s compare her results to someone on the other end of the government spending scale: Republican Rep. Ron Paul of Texas. His summary indicates a maximum in the 110th Congress of just over $37,000. And in the first session of the 111th Congress, Rep. Paul has actually tracked at -$104,698!
Now, just for “balance,” let’s see how Illinois Democrat Melissa Bean (who is identified as a moderate by MSNBC) managed. Her tallies (beginning with the 109th Congress) reveal a maximum of $58,000 and change in the 111th Congress with most Congresses’ accumulations being considerably lower.
All right then. Melissa Bean and Ron Paul can easily manage to keep their votes for pieces of legislation that result in net increases in costs to taxpayers to far less than $100,000 in given Congresses. But Lynn Woolsey’s lowest figure was $820,799, and her highest was $1,882, 695!
This is political/financial irresponsibility run wild. We taxpayers cannot afford Lynn Woolsey.