Citizens Against Government Waste has recognized Pennsylvania Congressman Joe Pitts as a 'Taxpayer Hero' based on his "fiscally responsible voting record" during 2007.
Pitts, a Republican who represents Pennsylvania's 16th Congressional District, was the only representative from Pennsylvania's 21-member Congressional delegation (19 in the House and two in the Senate) to earn the honor.
Pitts received a score of 94 percent out of possible 100 percent in the group's annual rankings.
"I'm pleased to be called a hero of the taxpayer by the Citizens Against Government Waste," Pitts said in a written statement. "At a time of runaway spending, ballooning deficits, and a looming entitlement tsunami, we need many more leaders in Congress to stand up for the taxpayer and demand greater fiscal responsibility."
More about the rankings from a CCAGW release:
Since 1991, the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste has examined roll-call votes to separate the taxpayer advocates in Congress from those who favor wasteful programs and pork-barrel spending.
House Republicans averaged 60 percent, up 14 percentage points from their grade of 46 percent in 2006; House Democrats averaged 5 percent, down 4 percentage points from their 9 percent score in 2006.
House votes included 50 amendments relating to pork-barrel spending in the appropriations and authorizing bills, amendments to cut spending across the board by 1 percent and 0.5 percent, and the expansion of the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP).
For more information, visit http://www.ccagw.org/