The Council for Citizens Against Government Waste awarded Rep. Joe Pitts (PA-16) their 2009 "Taxpayer Hero" award for his efforts to minimize waste and eliminate earmarks. Rep. Pitts has refused to take earmarks for three years and encouraged his Republican colleagues to support a moratorium until the process can be significantly reformed.
The Council for Citizens Against Government Waste is a non-partisan organization that advocates for the elimination of waste and inefficiency in government. Rep. Pitts' 2009 score was 98 percent and his lifetime rating from the organization is 88 percent.
Rep. Pitts' statement follows:
"I'm proud to receive this honor for standing against wasteful government spending. Americans are angry at Washington's out of control spending, and it's about time Congress started listening to them."
"I'm working with my colleagues to eliminate waste through appropriations amendments and the weekly YouCut vote. In the past few months, Republicans have made the House vote on a total of $120 billion in reductions to programs the American people selected on the YouCut website."