The Institute to Reduce Spending is so excited to announce the launch of the first-ever federal spending tracker.
Check it out now at SpendingTracker.org.
Institute staffers have been developing the methodology and dataset for this project over the past two years. And every day has been worth it to build a robust framework that will now easily capture every single spending vote and display it online, in real time, for everyone to see.
As you know, federal budgeting is complicated, dysfunctional, and until now, almost entirely out of reach of everyday Americans.
How much is Congress voting to spend? And on what? How much is my Member of Congress responsible for?
Before this tool, answering these types of questions decisively would have required scouring roughly 1,000 Congressional Budget Office reports and voting records — every session. (And that’s not to mention questions of procedure and rules that many in Congress barely even understand.)
It’s no exaggeration to say that almost no one would have been able to do so.
That’s why we automated the process.
For us, it was a no-brainer. The Institute is dedicated to distilling and presenting robust fiscal research to everyday Americans. We work to create a nonpartisan dialogue on spending reform by presenting information in a publicly accessible manner.
New technology and data have affected every part of our lives, from getting a ride to finding a restaurant.
There is no reason for the cause of our generation to be left in the Stone Age.