Senator Crapo Recognized as “Taxpayer Superhero”

WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today, the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW) applauded Sens. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and James Risch (R-Idaho) for their relentless and unwavering support of the fiscal interests of American taxpayers while serving in Congress. Sens. Crapo and Risch were two of the 17 lawmakers to earn a perfect score of 100 percent in CCAGW’s 2015 Congressional Ratings, making them each a “Taxpayer Super Hero.” Since Sen. Crapo was elected in 1998, he has a lifetime rating of 80 percent, while Sen. Risch has a 95 percent lifetime rating since his election in 2008.

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% Hostile; 20-39% Unfriendly; 40-59% Lukewarm; 60-79% Friendly; 80-99% Taxpayer Hero; and 100% Taxpayer Super Hero. The 2015 Congressional Ratings scored 100 votes in the House of Representatives and 35 votes in the Senate.

“We applaud and wholeheartedly thank Sen. Crapo and Sen. Risch for their hard work on behalf of the taxpayers while serving in Congress,” said CCAGW President Tom Schatz. “Their 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 their promises to protect the fiscal interests of American taxpayers.”

“We have no doubt that Sens. Crapo and Risch will continue to help lead the effort to end wasteful spending and reduce the growing national debt,” added Schatz. “Their constituents should be very proud of them.”

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.