How do your Congressional members stack up?

The Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW) this month issued the latest edition of its annual Congressional Ratings, identifying those members of Congress whose stellar voting records earned them the moniker “Taxpayer Hero” or “Super Hero” and those who consistently voted against the fiscal interests of taxpayers.  CCAGW also launched a new, interactive website, www.ccagwratings.org, so constituents can not only see how their elected officials stack up, but also contact them regarding their ratings.  The latest edition of the Ratings covers 46 votes in the House of Representatives and 62 votes in the Senate during the second session of the 111th Congress in 2010.  The average rating for the entire House was 40 percent, up 9 percentage points from 2009, while the Senate averaged 42 percent, a 3 percentage point increase from the prior year.  Six representatives achieved “Taxpayer Super Hero” status with a rating of 100 percent, while 144 House members, 62 percent more than in 2009, were “Taxpayer Heroes” with a grade of 80 percent or above.  The number of representatives – all Democrats – posting a perfectly abysmal score of zero dropped from 105 to 30.  However, that list still includes Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Assistant Democratic Leader James Clyburn (D-S.C.), and House Ways & Means Committee Ranking Member Sander Levin (D-Mich.).  The Senate boasted four “Taxpayer Super Heroes” and 35 “Taxpayer Heroes,” up from 29 the prior year, but 19 Senators scored zero, compared to none in 2009.  Find out how your members of Congress stack up in CCAGW’s 2010 Ratings.

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