Why It Matters
Nearly every elected official and candidate for office promises to spend the people's money responsibly, but the last half-century of experience and nearly $20 trillion in debt shows these promises are forgotten more often than not, lost in a complicated system that favors the status quo. Our efforts are founded on the radically simple idea that accountability matters. For the first time, every American has a way to tell how much their Member of Congress is voting to spend every day.
How It Works
Members of Congress take dozens of votes, many of which add new spending: What's My Congressman's Number automatically aggregates the new spending contained in each bill, according to official estimates, to each Member of Congress's total "number." For more information about how we arrive at our estimates, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page.
The Institute to Reduce Spending engages in and promotes rigorous academic research and scholarship on the subject of federal spending and budgeting.
The Coalition to Reduce Spending is dedicated to advocating for reducing federal spending and balancing the budget.
Both organizations seek to create a national, nonpartisan dialogue regarding spending reform by presenting information in a publicly accessible manner.