Taxpayer Watchdog Group Ranks Roskam #1 for Fiscal Responsibility in Illinois Delegation
Congressmen Peter J. Roskam (R-IL) today was distinguished as the State of Illinois' most fiscally responsible Member of Congress by The Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW) in their Annual Report. The taxpayer watchdog group named Roskam a "Taxpayer Hero" based on 100 key votes in the 110th Congress.
"I came to Congress with a simple mandate from my constituents - lower the amount of wasteful government spending." said Roskam. "Rising costs of living, including gasoline and food, reinforce the need to reduce unnecessary and duplicative federal spending and keeping the tax burden low on Illinois' hard-working families."
Roskam was one of only 59 Members of Congress to be named a "Taxpayer Hero."
The 2007 Congressional Ratings cover the voting year 2007, or the first session of the 110th Congress. The entire House of Representatives averaged 30 percent, a 1 point increase from 2006. Roskam garnered an 81 percent rating, outpacing his fellow Republican colleagues by 21 percentage points.
"Republicans and Democrats alike have spent years wasting taxpayer dollars, but the American people have awakened," continued Roskam. "Now is the time, not tomorrow, to hold the line on government spending."
The Citizens Against Government Waste is the nation's largest nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement in government.
"CCAGW's 2007 Congressional Ratings reflect some positive trends. For example, in the House in 2007, an average of 89 members voted for earmark-related amendments, compared to an average of 68 in 2006. However, in spite of a growing recognition that earmarks are a problem, Congress still spends more than is necessary " CCAGW President Tom Schatz said. "Taxpayers would be wise to hang onto their wallets and demand that Congress refocus its priorities and cut wasteful spending."
Illinois Delegation Ratings
*Denotes "Taxpayer Hero"