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Watchdog Group Names Rep. Poe a Taxpayer Hero

Washington, D.C. The Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW) today honored Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) as a Taxpayer Hero for scoring 84 percent on its 2006 Congressional Ratings. The average for the entire House hit a new low at 29 percent, making Rep. Poes achievement that much more impressive. The 2006 Congressional Ratings cover the voting year 2006, the second session of the 109th Congress. CCAGW rated 44 key votes in the House.

Voting against wasteful spending and tax hikes are easy votes, said Poe. Members of Congress must be responsible caretakers of Americas checkbook and not be tempted to support legislation when it is tied to wasteful spending. When Americans are not burdened with unnecessary taxes, they have more money to reinvest in our country and in their future. I am honored to be recognized by CCAGW and will continue to honor my pledge not to vote for any new tax increases on the American people.

Since 1991, CCAGW has tracked roll call votes to separate the taxpayer advocates in Congress from those who favor wasteful programs and pork-barrel spending. As one of 41 representatives with a score of 80 percent or higher, Rep. Poe consistently voted to cut wasteful spending, reduce the tax burden, and make government more accountable to taxpayers.

Actions speak louder than words, CCAGW President Tom Schatz said. The way a member chooses to vote is the best indicator of whether a professed commitment to fiscal discipline is real. Rep. Poe puts the interests of taxpayers ahead of politics by recognizing the long-term consequences of excessive spending and working to reduce the enormous debt being left to future generations.

When Congress had opportunities to vote for amendments that would have removed blatantly parochial special-interest projects and demonstrated that they were finally addressing spending and ethics problems, Rep. Poe went against the grain and voted yes. At the time that CCAGW ratings on cutting wasteful spending and taxes reached the abyss, Rep. Poe gives taxpayers hope for the future, Schatz concluded.

CCAGWs website features the complete 2006 Congressional Ratings, including vote descriptions, scorecards for the House and Senate, personalized scorecards for each member of Congress, and averages by chamber, party, and state delegation. Visit www.ccagw.org.

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