CCAGW Releases 2016 Congressional Ratings

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

(Washington, D.C.) – The Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW) today released its 2016 Congressional Ratings, highlighting the voting records of all 535 voting members of Congress.  The report, which CCAGW has issued since 1989, identifies members whose voting records helped protect and save the taxpayers’ money, as well as those who consistently voted against their interests.

CCAGW’s 2016 Congressional Ratings, for the second session of the 114th Congress, scored 65 votes in the House of Representatives and 16 votes in the Senate.  By comparison, CCAGW rated 100 votes in the House and 35 votes in the Senate in the first session of the 114th Congress.  CCAGW rates members on a 0 to 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; 100 percent Taxpayer Super Hero.

In 2016, four senators earned the coveted title of “Taxpayer Super Hero” with perfect scores of 100 percent:  Sens. Dan Coats (R-Ind.), Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), James Lankford (R-Okla.), and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.).  By contrast, there were 17 perfect scores (15 senators and two representatives) in 2015.

While the number of Taxpayer Super Heroes plummeted, the number of Taxpayer Heroes reveal differing trends in each chamber.  There are 32 Senate Taxpayer Heroes in 2016 compared to 36 Taxpayer Heroes in 2015, an 11 percent decrease.  The House has 204 Taxpayer Heroes in 2016, an increase of 34 percent over the 152 Taxpayer Heroes in 2015.  At the other end of the spectrum, three representatives and two senators earned an abysmal score of zero in 2016.

“CCAGW applauds the Taxpayer Super Heroes for their votes to cut wasteful spending and make government more accountable to taxpayers.  The actions of these senators are an encouraging sign in the current fiscal situation, and their constituents should offer them hardy congratulations.  On the other hand, there are still far too many lawmakers who supported a further expansion of the federal bureaucratic behemoth at the expense of America’s taxpayers in 2016.  Hopefully, these profligate members will change their ways in 2017 and vote to eliminate the rampant waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement in Washington,” said CCAGW President Tom Schatz.

An online version of the 2016 Congressional Ratings with full vote descriptions is available at

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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