WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman David Schweikert (AZ-06) received the National Taxpayers Union (NTU) “Taxpayers’ Friend Award” for having one of the strongest voting records in Washington, DC on supporting lower taxes, limited government, and economic freedom in 2018. Since being elected to Congress in 2011, Congressman Schweikert has proven to support economic prosperity, winning this award six additional times. After receiving the award, Congressman Schweikert released the following statement:
“We are consistently seeing great news for the economy since we cut taxes in 2017. Our monthly jobs reports have shown low unemployment, more jobs, and an increase in wages across the spectrum particularly in minority groups and women. I will continue to support pro-growth policies that drive economic prosperity so we can continue on this path of success.” said Congressman David Schweikert
Congressman Schweikert is one of only 17 House Members to have earned the “Taxpayers’ Friend Award” for their outstanding voting record during the 2018 Congressional session.
NTU included 37 Senate votes and 166 House votes in the 2018 scorecard. NTU’s rating program is designed to calculate a Member’s voting record on fiscal responsibility by evaluating every vote that has an impact on tax, spending, trade, and regulatory policy utilizing a methodical weighting system. No other fiscal policy scorecard is as comprehensive as NTU’s. This year Congressman Schweikert scored 75 percent, receiving an A on the group’s rating scale. In comparison, the House average was just 49 percent while the Senate’s average was 38 percent.
“During 2018, Taxpayers’ Friend Award winners were hard to come by in Congress,” said Pete Sepp, president of NTU. “Despite metrics that were poor for the 40-year history of our Award, taxpayers can take comfort that a principled elected official like Congressman Schweikert was working day in and day out to protect taxpayers’ interests in Washington. We all know actions speak louder than words, and this award is a testament to the often unsung efforts of lawmakers like Congressman Schweikert who care so much about correcting our government’s precarious fiscal future. While those efforts aren’t easy, we should all be so fortunate to have Congressman Schweikert as a true champion for the people who pay government’s bills.”
NTU has recognized Representatives and Senators since 1979 who annually earn high voting scores to qualify them for the “Taxpayers’ Friend Award.” See NTU’s full 2018 congressional scorecard and further analysis here.
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