“I am honored to receive this distinction from the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste because my top priorities in the Senate include reining in government spending and reducing the debt,” said Isakson. “With a national debt skyrocketing past $14 trillion, it is imperative that we get our country’s fiscal house in order. One of the most important steps Congress can take to resolve this fiscal crisis is to make the commitment to cutting government waste.”
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.
For its 2010 Congressional Ratings, the group examined 62 key roll call votes in the Senate to separate the taxpayer advocates in Congress from those who favor wasteful programs and pork-barrel spending. Isakson received a score of 96 percent to earn the “Taxpayer Hero” honor.
Isakson has a longstanding record of demonstrating fiscal responsibility. In his congressional office, for example, he has returned more than $3 million of his annual budget to the Treasury over the years as a former member of the House and as a current member of the Senate.
This year, Isakson joined Senator Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., in introducing legislation in the Senate, S.211, to convert congress to a biennial budgeting system in order to increase oversight and efficiency in the appropriations process, which has recently gained traction in the Senate Budget Committee. The Senators have also urged the deficit-fighting super committee to consider adding biennial budgeting to its upcoming package of proposed reforms.