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Arlington County’s Big Spenders in Congress

The National Taxpayers Union (NTU) has completed its annual rating of Congress for the 2nd session of the 110th Congress (i.e. for 2008). Here’s a brief description:

“Every year National Taxpayers Union (NTU) rates U.S. Representatives and Senators on their actual votes— every vote that significantly affects taxes, spending, debt, and regulatory burdens on consumers and taxpayers. Unlike most organizations that publish ratings, we refuse to play the “rating game” of focusing on only a handful of Congressional votes on selected issues. The NTU voting study is the fairest and most accurate guide available on Congressional fiscal policies. It is a completely unbiased accounting of votes.”

According to NTU, an “A” “indicates the Member is one of the strongest supporters of responsible tax and spending policies. A score of “D” indicates “a ‘poor’ voting record on controlling taxes and spending” while scores “significantly below average” get an “F” and get Members tagged as “Big Spenders.”

That said, following are the ratings for Arlington’s representatives in Congress:

  • Senator John Warner (now retired)  --  34% (D)
  • Senator Jim Webb  --  3% (F)
  • Representative Jim Moran  --  7% (F)

Let them know how you feel about their fiscal responsibility. The switchboard number on Capitol Hill is (202) 224-3121.

Incidentally, when we last growled on NTU's ratings on April 9, 2008, Warner's score was 55%, Webb's was 13%, and Moran's 5%)

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