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Arlington County Taxpayers Poorly Represented in Congress

The National Taxpayers Union has released its 2009 ratings (requires Adobe) for the First Session of the 111th U.S. Congress. The voting study is based on every roll call vote (333 in the House and 227 in the Senate) that affects fiscal policy, i.e., “every vote that significantly affects taxes, spending, debt, and regulatory burdens on consumers and taxpayers.”

Both Virginia Senators Mark Warner (D, score of 11%) and Jim Webb (D, 13%) received an F grade. Scores less than 16% received an F, which NTU describes as Big Spender. The average score for Democrats in the Senate was 9% and the median score was 6%.

Arlington County’s other member of Congress, Rep. Jim Moran (D). also received an F with a score of 2%. In fact, Moran scored lower than Virginia Representatives Gerald Connolly (D) with 6% and Bobby Scott (D) with 4%. The Democratic average in the House was 8% and the Democratic median was 4%.

Communicate with your Congressional representatives:

  • Senator Mark Warner (D) -  write to him or call (202) 224-2023
  • Representative Jim Moran (D) -- write to him or call (202) 225-4376


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