Goodlatte gets nod for voting record on tax issues

Edited by Chris Graham

Sixth District Republican Congressman Bob Goodlatte was recently awarded the Taxpayers’ Friend Award from the National Taxpayers Union.

“I am honored to receive the “Taxpayers’ Friend” award from the National Taxpayers Union, and to be part of the solution to fighting government waste,” Goodlatte said. “Cutting wasteful government spending, voting for lower taxes, and fighting to reduce the bloated bureaucracy in Washington have been my top priorities since arriving in Congress.”

The award is given to representatives and senators who achieve an “A” grade in NTU’s annual Rating of Congress. The rating, which is based on every roll-call vote affecting fiscal policy, assigns a “Taxpayer Score” to each member of Congress that indicates his or her support for reducing or controlling federal spending, taxes, debt, and regulation. For 2009, a total of 333 House and 227 Senate votes were selected.

“Given today’s economic climate, fiscal discipline is more important now than ever,” NTU President Duane Parde said. “Fortunately, taxpayers have a staunch ally in Rep. Bob Goodlatte, to whom National Taxpayers Union is proud to present a ‘Taxpayers’ Friend Award.’”

In 2009, 55 lawmakers attained scores sufficient to win the “Taxpayers’ Friend Award” (earning at least 90 percent in the House or Senate). Congressman Goodlatte was the only Member from Virginia to earn an “A” rating.

Individual scores, as well as an explanation of the votes, can be found on NTU’s website at

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