Congressman John J. Duncan, Jr. (R-Tenn.) was recognized this week as the number one defender of taxpayers in the U.S. House of Representatives, voting more times than anyone else to reduce federal spending, taxes, debt, and regulation.
Duncan received the number one spot in the 435-member House in the National Taxpayers Union's (NTU) annual ranking of Congress, earning him the "Taxpayer Hero" award.
The rankings are based on every roll call vote affecting fiscal policy in 2011; a total of 337 House votes were selected.
NTU President Duane Parde said, "By voting time and again to reduce federal spending, taxes, and debt, Congressman Duncan has led by example in the fight to defend overburdened taxpayers across the country. Hard-working families in east Tennessee and across the nation owe him a debt of gratitude."
Congressman Duncan said, "If other Members of Congress had voted the way I have over the years, we would have very little or no debt at all, and our economy would be booming beyond belief."
"There is waste in the private sector, but it pales in comparison to the waste in government. Every dollar that can be kept away from government and left in private hands will do more to create jobs and keep prices low," Duncan continued. "I am glad there are organizations like the NTU who recognize this."
In the latest ranking of Congress, 53 lawmakers attained scores sufficient for an "A" grade" -- representing a decline from the 79 who achieved the honor in 2010. More than 200 Senators and Representatives were tagged with the title of "Big Spender" for posting "F" grades.