Much has been made about how much Congress has been spending recently, and rightfully so.

The CARES Act, for example, is the signature piece of legislation in response to the pandemic – and it will spend more than $1.3 trillion. That’s on top of the first two rounds of coronavirus relief, which spent nearly $100 billion and $500 billion respectively.

These bills have made the 116th Congress—and President Trump—the biggest spenders in recent memory. Spending Tracker now estimates that Congress and President Trump have kicked off more than $2.3 trillion in new spending since the start of 2019.

It’s not just due to the coronavirus, though of course that’s a big part of it. Other spending has piled up, too, including further increases to the Pentagon, various supplemental appropriations, and the now all-but-forgotten Bipartisan Budget Act, which enabled nearly $300 billion in additional spending on top of mandated and perpetually ignored discretionary budget caps.

In President Obama’s first two years in office, at the height of the financial crisis, Congress also passed a flurry of big-spending legislation. Some, like the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, was targeted specifically at the immediate crisis, and echoed legislation passed at the end of the Bush Administration, such as the Troubled Asset Relief Program (or TARP).

However, like the current Congress, the 111th also spent on a number of programs unrelated to the economic downturn, including the Affordable Care Act, the “doc fix,” and increases to the Pentagon budget of their own.

This spending was enough to launch a national revolt, kicking off protests around the country about the size of government and debt and helping a new wave of self-proclaimed fiscal conservatives sweep into office in 2010.

And yet, all of that spending has now been dwarfed by President Trump in the last two years of his term in office. Whereas President Obama signed into law nearly $2.2 trillion in new spending in his first two years in office, Trump’s $2.3 trillion is the most in the Spending Tracker database – and we’re not even done with this session of Congress, which is still likely to bring another NDAA, appropriations bills, and of course, another COVID-19 relief package.

President Trump didn’t enact all this spending by himself. The House and Senate, of course, have to pass the bills first. Looking at their records reveals wide variation.

While the CARES Act was passed by unanimous consent in the House, previous aid was not. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act received 40 no votes from Republican Congressmen, and eight in the Senate. The subsequent Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act only had five votes against in the House and was passed by unanimous consent in the Senate.

Amazingly, 76 members of the House have all voted for every piece of legislation that spends money and has been signed into law by President Trump. And perhaps most amazingly, 69 of those 76 are Democrats! (Michael McCaul of Texas earns the dubious distinction of having voted for every piece of big spending legislation, as well as voting against another bill that would have saved money).


$2,329,451,010,000 Susan Wild House — Pennsylvania D
$2,329,451,010,000 Dutch Ruppersberger House — Maryland D
$2,329,451,010,000 Lucy McBath House — Georgia D
$2,329,451,010,000 Abby Finkenauer House — Iowa D
$2,329,451,010,000 Elissa Slotkin House — Michigan D
$2,329,451,010,000 Rodney Davis House — Illinois R
$2,329,451,010,000 Tom Cole House — Oklahoma R
$2,329,451,010,000 Elaine Luria House — Virginia D
$2,329,451,010,000 Kathy Castor House — Florida D
$2,329,451,010,000 Xochitl Torres Small House — New Mexico D
$2,329,451,010,000 Greg Stanton House — Arizona D
$2,329,451,010,000 John Larson House — Connecticut D
$2,329,451,010,000 Ed Case House — Hawaii D
$2,329,451,010,000 Cindy Axne House — Iowa D
$2,329,451,010,000 Jerry McNerney House — California D
$2,329,451,010,000 Tom O’Halleran House — Arizona D
$2,329,451,010,000 Raul Ruiz House — California D
$2,329,451,010,000 Max Rose House — New York D
$2,329,451,010,000 Adam Schiff House — California D
$2,329,451,010,000 Josh Gottheimer House — New Jersey D
$2,329,451,010,000 Robin Kelly House — Illinois D
$2,329,451,010,000 Rick Larsen House — Washington D
$2,329,451,010,000 John Yarmuth House — Kentucky D
$2,329,451,010,000 Bill Keating House — Massachusetts D
$2,329,451,010,000 Charlie Crist House — Florida D
$2,329,451,010,000 Will Hurd House — Texas R
$2,329,451,010,000 Steny Hoyer House — Maryland D
$2,329,451,010,000 Lisa Blunt Rochester House — Delaware D
$2,329,451,010,000 Haley Stevens House — Michigan D
$2,329,451,010,000 Lizzie Fletcher House — Texas D
$2,329,451,010,000 Susie Lee House — Nevada D
$2,329,451,010,000 Conor Lamb House — Pennsylvania D
$2,329,451,010,000 Terri Sewell House — Alabama D
$2,329,451,010,000 Bill Foster House — Illinois D
$2,329,451,010,000 Jim Langevin House — Rhode Island D
$2,329,451,010,000 Val Demings House — Florida D
$2,329,451,010,000 Kendra Horn House — Oklahoma D
$2,329,451,010,000 Sean Maloney House — New York D
$2,329,451,010,000 Jim Himes House — Connecticut D
$2,329,451,010,000 Joe Courtney House — Connecticut D
$2,329,451,010,000 Chris Smith House — New Jersey R
$2,329,451,010,000 Chris Pappas House — New Hampshire D
$2,329,451,010,000 Jennifer Wexton House — Virginia D
$2,329,451,010,000 Antonio Delgado House — New York D
$2,329,451,010,000 Denny Heck House — Washington D
$2,329,451,010,000 Sean Casten House — Illinois D
$2,329,451,010,000 Madeleine Dean House — Pennsylvania D
$2,329,451,010,000 Richard Neal House — Massachusetts D
$2,329,451,010,000 Jeff Van Drew House — New Jersey D
$2,329,451,010,000 Kim Schrier House — Washington D
$2,329,451,010,000 John Sarbanes House — Maryland D
$2,329,451,010,000 Derek Kilmer House — Washington D
$2,329,451,010,000 Lauren Underwood House — Illinois D
$2,329,451,010,000 Chrissy Houlahan House — Pennsylvania D
$2,329,451,010,000 David Trone House — Maryland D
$2,329,451,010,000 Salud Carbajal House — California D
$2,329,451,010,000 Angie Craig House — Minnesota D
$2,329,451,010,000 Andy Kim House — New Jersey D
$2,329,451,010,000 Stephen Lynch House — Massachusetts D
$2,329,451,010,000 Joe Morelle House — New York D
$2,329,451,010,000 Harley Rouda House — California D
$2,329,451,010,000 Suzan DelBene House — Washington D
$2,329,451,010,000 John Garamendi House — California D
$2,329,451,010,000 Raja Krishnamoorthi House — Illinois D
$2,329,451,010,000 Elise Stefanik House — New York R
$2,329,451,010,000 Ann Kuster House — New Hampshire D
$2,329,451,010,000 Mike Thompson House — California D
$2,329,451,010,000 Dean Phillips House — Minnesota D
$2,329,451,010,000 Tom Malinowski House — New Jersey D
$2,329,451,010,000 Mikie Sherrill House — New Jersey D
$2,329,451,010,000 Brian Fitzpatrick House — Pennsylvania R
$2,329,451,010,000 Mike Levin House — California D
$2,329,451,010,000 Donna Shalala House — Florida D
$2,329,451,010,000 Susan Davis House — California D
$2,329,451,010,000 Cheri Bustos House — Illinois D
$2,329,607,010,000 Michael McCaul House — Texas R


In the Senate, the story is similar. Thirty-nine of the 100 Senators have voted for all the spending President Trump has signed into law, 23 of whom are Democrats and 16 Republicans. The idea that there are dramatic differences between the two parties on these issues, is actually quite wrong—at least according to the data.

$2,329,451,010,000 Richard Blumenthal Senate — Connecticut D
$2,329,451,010,000 Kyrsten Sinema Senate — Arizona D
$2,329,451,010,000 Jeanne Shaheen Senate — New Hampshire D
$2,329,451,010,000 Ben Cardin Senate — Maryland D
$2,329,451,010,000 Dan Sullivan Senate — Alaska R
$2,329,451,010,000 Chuck Grassley Senate — Iowa R
$2,329,451,010,000 Tina Smith Senate — Minnesota D
$2,329,451,010,000 Doug Jones Senate — Alabama D
$2,329,451,010,000 Pat Roberts Senate — Kansas R
$2,329,451,010,000 Rob Portman Senate — Ohio R
$2,329,451,010,000 Maria Cantwell Senate — Washington D
$2,329,451,010,000 Catherine Cortez Masto Senate — Nevada D
$2,329,451,010,000 Cindy Hyde-Smith Senate — Mississippi R
$2,329,451,010,000 Tammy Baldwin Senate — Wisconsin D
$2,329,451,010,000 Jacky Rosen Senate — Nevada D
$2,329,451,010,000 Tim Kaine Senate — Virginia D
$2,329,451,010,000 Gary Peters Senate — Michigan D
$2,329,451,010,000 Sherrod Brown Senate — Ohio D
$2,329,451,010,000 Patrick Leahy Senate — Vermont D
$2,329,451,010,000 Maggie Hassan Senate — New Hampshire D
$2,329,451,010,000 Susan Collins Senate — Maine R
$2,329,451,010,000 Chris Coons Senate — Delaware D
$2,329,451,010,000 Patty Murray Senate — Washington D
$2,329,451,010,000 Mitch McConnell Senate — Kentucky R
$2,329,451,010,000 Roger Wicker Senate — Mississippi R
$2,329,451,010,000 Richard Shelby Senate — Alabama R
$2,329,451,010,000 Dianne Feinstein Senate — California D
$2,329,451,010,000 Chris Murphy Senate — Connecticut D
$2,329,451,010,000 Todd Young Senate — Indiana R
$2,329,451,010,000 Mark Warner Senate — Virginia D
$2,329,451,010,000 Angus King Senate — Maine I
$2,329,451,010,000 Bob Casey Senate — Pennsylvania D
$2,329,451,010,000 Lisa Murkowski Senate — Alaska R
$2,329,451,010,000 Tammy Duckworth Senate — Illinois D
$2,329,451,010,000 John Boozman Senate — Arkansas R
$2,329,451,010,000 Roy Blunt Senate — Missouri R
$2,329,451,010,000 Kevin Cramer Senate — North Dakota R
$2,329,451,010,000 Lindsey Graham Senate — South Carolina R
$2,329,451,010,000 Martin Heinrich Senate — New Mexico D


Indeed, for all of the partisan strife that exists in Washington, there is still striking agreement on a number of priorities – and on the agreement to spend a lot of money. To some degree, it makes sense: for legislation to pass, it ultimately requires some level of bipartisan support in each chamber, as well as support from the president. That story, though, often gets forgotten until you look at the data—a feat made far easier by a simple scroll through the Spending Tracker rankings.

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