Here Are the 10 Most Fiscally Conservative Republicans in the Senate

GOP politicians talk a big game about fiscal conservatism and balancing the budget—especially with a $29.8-trillion-and-counting national debt and runaway inflation. But which elected Republicans actually practice what they preach?

To find out, we looked at’s rankings for how much spending each Senate Republican voted for during the previous session of Congress. (Data for the ongoing session is, by nature, incomplete). We looked at the data for all the spending they voted for, not just bills that ultimately were passed, because SpendingTracker says this gives a “fuller picture of intentions versus results.”

Here are the 10 most fiscally-conservative Republicans in the Senate, and how much total federal spending they voted for last session.



  1. Rand Paul (Kentucky): $510.7 billion
  2. Mike Lee (Utah): $1.06 trillion
  3. Mitt Romney (Utah): $2.2 trillion
  4. Marsha Blackburn (Tennessee): $2.46 trillion
  5. Ron Johnson (Wisconsin): $2.49 trillion
  6. Rick Scott (Florida): $2.5 trillion
  7. John Thune (South Dakota): $2.53 trillion
  8. Ted Cruz (Texas): $2.53 trillion
  9. Mike Enzi (Wyoming): $2.6 trillion
  10. Mike Rounds (South Dakota): $2.84 trillion

Don’t see your home state senator or your favorite GOP voice on here?

Well, actions speak a lot louder than words.

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Brad Polumbo
Brad Polumbo
Brad Polumbo is a libertarian-conservative journalist and co-founder of Based Politics. His work has been cited by top lawmakers such as Senator Rand Paul, Senator Ted Cruz, Senator Pat Toomey, Congresswoman Nancy Mace, Congressman Thomas Massie, and former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley, as well as by prominent media personalities such as Jordan Peterson, Sean Hannity, Dave Rubin, Ben Shapiro, and Mark Levin. Brad has also testified before the US Senate, appeared on Fox News and Fox Business, and written for publications such as USA Today, National Review, Newsweek, and the Daily Beast. He hosts the Breaking Boundaries podcast and has a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.


    • This is what happens when a democrat controlled Congress takes people hostage over Covid relief. Using suffering people to pass garbage. Unemployment, wage increases, and your 401(k) wealth rose some of the fastest in our country’s history under Donald Trump. That’s a fact

      • Stock and crypto markets rose due to stimulus money. And now we’re experience record inflation because of it. Please use some of the neurons that I suppose are rubbing together and think about what you’re saying.

  1. I agree, Brad, actions speak louder than words.
    However, since I have nothing to compare to, these numbers mean little to me.
    Yes, the US Congress authorizes boatloads of our money to spend each year, but unless I have something to compare, I’m kind of lost here unless the point of your article (unstated) is that less spending is best, no matter what that dollar amount is.

    If this chart was comprehensive, ie ALL the senators and their spending, it might help.

  2. If you define fiscal conservatism as not adding to the deficit then you have to look at both taxes and spending. A $100 billion tax cut adds the same amount to the deficit as $100 billion in spending.

    This analysis only looks at half the deficit equation.


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