CCAGW Honors Sen. Dan Coats for Being a “Taxpayer Super Hero”

For Immediate Release Contact: Curtis Kalin 202-467-5318
March 15, 2017  

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW) applauded former Sen. Dan Coats (R-Ind.) for his relentless and unwavering support of the fiscal interests of American taxpayers while serving in Congress.  Sen. Coats was one of just four lawmakers to earn a perfect score of 100 percent in CCAGW’s 2016 Congressional Ratings, making him a “Taxpayer Super Hero.”  Since he was elected to the Senate in 2010, he has a lifetime rating of 90 percent.

The report, which CCAGW has issued since 1989, highlights the voting records of all 535 members of Congress.  It identifies members whose impeccable voting records helped protect and save the taxpayers’ money, earning them the honored title of “Taxpayer Super Hero,” while it cites members who consistently voted against the fiscal interest of taxpayers.

CCAGW rates members of both chambers on a 0-100 percent scale.  Members are placed in the following categories: 0-19 percent Hostile; 20-39 percent Unfriendly; 40-59 percent Lukewarm; 60-79 percent Friendly; 80-99 percent Taxpayer Hero; and 100 percent Taxpayer Super Hero.  The 2016 Congressional Ratings scored 65 votes in the House of Representatives and 16 votes in the Senate.

“We applaud and wholeheartedly thank Sen. Coats for his hard work on behalf of the taxpayers while serving in Congress,” said CCAGW President Tom Schatz.  “His courageous votes to cut wasteful spending and make government more accountable should serve as an example to other members, encouraging them to make good on promises to protect the fiscal interests of American taxpayers.”

The Council for Citizens Against Government Waste is the lobbying arm of Citizens Against Government Waste, the nation’s largest nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement in government.

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