WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--In preparation for tonight’s Vice Presidential Debate, the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW) today released its congressional ratings for the Democratic Vice Presidential nominee, Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), and the Republican Vice Presidential nominee, Gov. Mike Pence (R-Ind.).
CCAGW’s Congressional Ratings, which have been issued annually since 1990, identify which members of Congress voted to protect taxpayers and which voted against their interests on spending and tax issues.
Sen. Kaine, who began his service in the Senate in 2013, holds a lifetime CCAGW rating of only 7 percent, making him one of the Senate’s most “hostile” members toward taxpayers. In 2014, Sen. Kaine earned a dismal zero percent rating. His votes on taxes and spending are even worse than his running mate, former Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.), whose lifetime rating is 8 percent.
Gov. Pence served in the House of Representatives from 2001-2013. During that time, he earned a lifetime CCAGW rating of 94 percent, making him a lifetime Taxpayer Hero. In 2009, then-Rep. Pence was one of only seven representatives who earned a 100 percent rating, making him a Taxpayer Super Hero.
CCAGW President Tom Schatz said, “CCAGW’s Congressional Ratings are a valuable tool for taxpayers to use in evaluating their senators and representatives, as well as determining how they would address issues related to taxes and spending in another elected office. While the ratings reveal the stark policy differences between Sen. Kaine and Gov. Pence, taxpayers should listen closely to the policy prescriptions each candidate will outline for the next four years tonight, and determine which candidates for president and vice president will be most likely to safeguard taxpayer dollars should they be elected.”
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.