How Congress Votes on Budget Issues

By USDR

The Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW) today released its 2013 Congressional Ratings, highlighting the voting records of all 535 members of Congress. The report, which CCAGW has issued since 1989, identifies members whose voting records helped protect and save the taxpayers’ money, as well as those who consistently voted against their interests.

CCAGW scored 80 votes in the House of Representatives and 48 votes in the Senate for the first session of the 113th Congress. By comparison, in 2012, CCAGW rated 76 votes in the House and 58 votes in the Senate. CCAGW rates members on a 0 to 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; 100% Taxpayer Super Hero.

In 2013, Senators Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.), and Tim Scott (R-S.C.) earned the coveted title of “Taxpayer Super Hero” with perfect scores of 100 percent. Sen. Flake’s 2013 rating marks the first time that a member of Congress has scored 100 percent in the Senate after receiving that rating in the House. There were no Taxpayer Super Heroes in the House in 2013. In 2012, five House Republicans, Reps. Jim Jordan (Ohio), Mick Mulvaney (S.C.), Ben Quayle (Ariz.), Ed Royce (Calif.), and (now Senator) Jeff Flake (Ariz.), achieved the title of “Taxpayer Super Hero” with grades of 100 percent. In 2012, there were no Taxpayer Super Heroes in the Senate.

“CCAGW applauds the Taxpayer Heroes and Super Heroes for their courageous votes to cut wasteful spending, reduce taxes, and make government more accountable to taxpayers. In today’s dismal fiscal climate, the actions of these members are a bulwark against the spendthrift behavior of their more wasteful colleagues. Far too many members of Congress in 2013 continued to support a big-government agenda and think first and foremost about satisfying their own special interests. Hopefully, these members will vote more often in 2014 to eliminate the waste, fraud, abuse and mismanagement that runs rampant in Washington,” said CCAGW President Tom Schatz.

An online version of the 2013 Congressional Ratings with full vote descriptions is available at www.ccagwratings.org.

The Council for Citizens Against Government Waste is the lobbying arm of Citizens Against Government Waste, the nation’s largest nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement in government.

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