Does your Congressional representatives defend your taxpaying interests or did they back down on their promises of fiscal responsibility?
The Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW) just released their annual Congressional Ratings after analyzing the votes from 114th Congress. Since 1989, “these ratings separate the praiseworthy from the profligate by evaluating important tax, spending, transparency, and accountability measures.”
CCAGW says they want “the American public to know which members of Congress are consistently voting for smaller, less costly government, and we want to hold accountable those members who time and time again vote for more spending, higher taxes, and the big-government policies that are bankrupting America.”
The organization rates members on a 0-100 percent scale. Members are placed in the following categories: 0-19 percent, Hostile; 20-39 percent, Unfriendly; 40-59 percent, Lukewarm; 60-79 percent, Friendly; 80-99 percent, Taxpayer Hero; and 100 percent, Taxpayer Super Hero.
House and Senate Breakdown
In 2016, four senators – Dan Coats (R-Ind.), Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), James Lankford (R-Okla.), and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) – earned the coveted title of Taxpayer Super Hero by achieving the highest possible score of 100 percent. No representatives scored 100 percent. In 2015, 17 lawmakers (15 senators and two representatives) received a perfect score.
Collin Peterson (D-Minn.)
Republicans: 98% (8)
David Brat (R-Va.), Michael Burgess (R-Texas), Raul Labrador (R-Idaho), Tom McClintock (R-Calif.), Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.), Dana Rohrbacher (R-Calif.), David Schweikert (R-Ariz.), Marlin Stutzman (R-Ind.)
Democrats: 0% (3)
Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), Mark Takai (D-Hawaii), Norma Torres (D-Calif.)
Bob Dold (R-Ill.)
Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.)
Republicans: 100% (4)
Dan Coats (R-Ind.), Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), James Lankford (R-Okla.), Pat Toomey (R-Pa.)
Democrats: 0% (2)
Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio)
Susan Collins (R-Maine)