My representative scored what?

My representative scored what?

Earlier this year, the Illinois Policy Institute released a Vote Card, grading each of our state senators and representatives on their voting record. Today, the National Taxpayers Union released its 2011 Congressional Rating, which grades legislators at the national level. The Congressional Rating scores each senator and representative on his or her commitment to reducing federal spending, taxes,...

Earlier this year, the Illinois Policy Institute released a Vote Card, grading each of our state senators and representatives on their voting record. Today, the National Taxpayers Union released its 2011 Congressional Rating, which grades legislators at the national level. The Congressional Rating scores each senator and representative on his or her commitment to reducing federal spending, taxes, debt, and regulation. The final score takes into account votes on every legislative proposal that has a fiscal impact.

Nationwide, 53 lawmakers achieved an “A” grade, earning them the “Taxpayers’ Friend Award.”Included in this list was Illinois’ own Rep. Joe Walsh who led all legislators from Illinois with a score of 90 percent.

At the other end of the spectrum, over 200 legislators across the country received “F” grades and the title of “Big Spender” for voting for policies that drive up taxes and spending. Illinois’ “Big Spenders” include: Sen. Dick Durbin, and Reps. Danny Davis, Jesse Jackson Jr., Luis Gutierrez, Bobby Rush and Jan Schakowsky. Senator Durbin has the lowest score among all Illinois legislators, achieving a rating of only 9 percent.

Check out all the scores over at the National Taxpayers Union’s website, then head to the Institute’s 2011 Vote Card to see how your local senator and representative scored.

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