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Congress’ Fiscal Ratings Near All-Time Low

The National Taxpayers Union (NTU) released their 29th annual Rating of Congress yesterday, and the picture is generally not very pretty. “The scorecard, the only one to utilize every roll call vote affecting tax, spending, and regulatory issues, was based on a record 609 votes -- 427 in the House and 182 in the Senate.” According to NTU’s new president, Duane Pardee:

"Despite campaign-trail promises from many Members of Congress to put Washington on a stricter diet, our 2007 Rating shows that, by and large, the only things shrinking on Capitol Hill are lawmakers' pro-taxpayer scores.”

NTU reports that individual members’ ratings dropped between 2006 and 2007:

“the average "Taxpayer Score" in the House fell from 39 percent to 35 percent. The Senate's average plummeted by 11 points, from 48 percent to 37 percent. This spiral takes scores closer to the all-time low (in 1988) of 27 percent and 28 percent, respectively, for the House and Senate. The highest marks were reached in 1995, when House and Senate averages were 58 percent and 57 percent, respectively.”

The ratings for members of Congress who represent Arlington County taxpayers saw no “Taxpayers Friends,” indeed far from it.

  • Sen. John Warner (R)  55%  (C - Satisfactory)
  • Sen. Jim Webb (D)       13%  (F - Big Spender)
  • Rep. Jim Moran (D)      5%  (F - Big Spender)

The complete ratings are here (requires Adobe). Read them and weep! Then, take action!


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