March 09, 2004
U.S. Senators and representatives receive the award for scoring 85 and higher, out of a possible 100, on ATR's annual congressional scorecard, which measures a member's record on important taxpayer and economic issues. Senator Murkowski scored 85 on the scorecard for the first session of the 108th Congress.
"Politics in Washington is a continuing battle between taxpayers and the special interest spending lobbies on Capital Hill who want to steal more of the taxpayers' money to spend on their projects," said taxpayer advocate Grover Norquist, who is president of ATR. "And when Senators come to Washington, they have to choose sides. Senator Murkowski has chosen wisely to side with American taxpayers," he said.
Overall, just 228 members of Congress, 182 representatives and 46 senators, received the Hero of the Taxpayer Award. Some 18 votes were counted in the Senate and House to determine the awards. Conversely, 144 members of Congress received the infamous Enemy of the Taxpayer Award for scoring a 15 or below on the scorecard.
"Mr. Smith comes to Washington and the first thing he must decide is whether to vote with the taxpayers or the spending lobbies who want to steal their money," said taxpayer advocate Grover Norquist, who heads ATR in Washington . "Taxpayers have 229 men and women on their side. Now it's time to elect more to strengthen their side of the balance."
"President Bush and Congress have cut taxes three times in three years," continued Norquist, "but while tax hikes are off the table for now, the Bush Administration and these members of Congress need to focus on controlling spending. The federal government's spending has been increasing at unsustainable levels and taxpayers need the help of leaders like Senator Murkowski to control spending before the temptation to hike taxes comes back," he said.
"It is a great honor to
receive this award for my first year in the Senate. It is an
indication of how hard I'll work to protect taxpayers in the
future," said Senator Murkowski of the award.
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