Today, U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., received the "Taxpayer Hero" award from the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste for his 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.
"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."
The mission of the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW) is to advocate for the elimination of waste and inefficiency in government through nonpartisan public education programs and lobbying activities. Each year, CCAGW tabulates its congressional ratings, evaluating how each member of Congress measures up on key tax and spending votes.
Sen. Chambliss has re-introduced his Fair Tax legislation in each Congress. He also co-sponsored legislation in 2010 that prevented President Obama's tax hikes and would permanently extend tax-relief provisions, and is working to lower personal and corporate tax rates by reforming America's too-complex tax code. He also received the "Taxpayers' Friend Award" from the National Taxpayers Union, the "Spirit of Enterprise" award from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the "Defender of Liberty" award from the American Conservative Union. Chambliss was also ranked as the Senate's most conservative member by the National Journal.