Chambliss, Isakson named "Taxpayer Hero" by watchdog group

U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss
U.S. Senator Saxby Chambliss

information from the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., were honored as a "Taxpayer Hero" by the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste for their voting record for 2010, the second session of the 111th Congress.

The award is given to members of Congress who demonstrate a commitment to increasing transparency, minimizing waste, permanently eliminating earmarks, and reducing the ever-growing national debt.

Chambliss was also ranked as the Senate's most conservative member by the National Journal, and received a 97% rating by the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste.  "It's an honor to be recognized for voting in a fiscally conservative manner," said Sen. Chambliss. "I believe that raising taxes on individuals, families and small businesses – especially in this economic climate – is a bad idea. The American public is not under-taxed; instead, the American government overspends. Congress should work to reduce spending, not raise taxes."

"I am honored to receive this distinction from the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste because my top priorities in the Senate include reining in government spending and reducing the debt," said Isakson. "With a national debt skyrocketing past $14 trillion, it is imperative that we get our country's fiscal house in order. One of the most important steps Congress can take to resolve this fiscal crisis is to make the commitment to cutting government waste."

The Council for Citizens Against Government Waste is the lobbying arm of Citizens Against Government Waste, the nation's largest nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating waste, fraud, abuse and mismanagement in government.

For its 2010 Congressional Ratings, the group examined 62 key roll call votes in the Senate to separate the taxpayer advocates in Congress from those who favor wasteful programs and pork-barrel spending. Isakson received a score of 96 percent to earn the "Taxpayer Hero" honor.

Isakson has a longstanding record of demonstrating fiscal responsibility. In his congressional office, for example, he has returned more than $3 million of his annual budget to the Treasury over the years as a former member of the House and as a current member of the Senate.

This year, Isakson joined Senator Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., in introducing legislation in the Senate, S.211, to convert congress to a biennial budgeting system in order to increase oversight and efficiency in the appropriations process, which has recently gained traction in the Senate Budget Committee.

The Senators have also urged the deficit-fighting super committee to consider adding biennial budgeting to its upcoming package of proposed reforms.

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