Historically, Democrats More Vocal on the Deficit than Republicans

December 1, 2017

On Thursday, the Senate parliamentarian ruled that the proposed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act failed to meet key guidelines in regards to the deficit. With the Senate currently locked in heated debate over the bill, we wanted to share some insights on how the deficit has been discussed over time in the Senate and which members of Congress have been the most vocal on the issue during their careers.

21 of the last 23 years, Senate Democrats have mentioned the deficit on the floor more than Republicans.

Senate dialogue on the deficit since 1995

While serving in the Senate, Sen. Van Hollen (D-MD) and Sen. Hatch (R-UT) have been the most vocal members of their party on the deficit.

Most vocal senators on the deficit over time

While serving in the House, Whip Hoyer (D-MD-5) and Speaker Ryan (R-WI-1) have been the most vocal members of their party on the deficit.

Most vocal Reps. on the deficit over time

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