- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 18, 2014


Alas, almost half of the U.S. Senate has earned an F grade in “fiscal performance” according to the National Taxpayers Union’s 35th annual rating of Congress. Indeed, 45 senators received the rock bottom grade on the scorecard, which analyzes their responses to every single roll call vote affecting federal taxes, spending, debt and significant regulations.

The median grade among all the senators was a tepid 19 percent, on a 100-point scale. The top scores came from Republican Sens. Jeff Flake of Arizona and Tom Coburn of Oklahoma; both earned a 96 percent. The poorest scores went to Democratic Sens. Barbara Boxer of California and Mazie Hirono of Hawaii. Each managed to receive 3 percent.

Things were not quite so lousy in the U.S. House, where the median grade was 64 percent and 46 members were actually named “Taxpayers’ Friends”, scoring 90 percent or higher. Republican Reps. Tom McClintock of California was in first place with a 95, with Justin Amash of Michigan just behind him. Still, 159 House members earned an F, with Rep. Juan Vargas, California Democrat, earning the worst House score, at 9 percent.

“Going forward, the Senate in particular will have to take a more positive attitude toward getting results for taxpayers in order for our country to overcome the massive debt and tax burdens still holding the economy back,” says Pete Sepp, president of the nonprofit citizen’s group.

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