Rates Congress

 

Every year National Taxpayers Union (NTU) rates U.S. Representatives and Senators on their actual votes—every vote that affects taxes, spending, and debt. Unlike most organizations that publish ratings, we refuse to play the “rating game” of focusing on only a handful of congressional votes on selected issues. The NTU voting study is the fairest and most accurate guide available on congressional spending.

NTU has no partisan ax to grind. All members of Congress are treated the same regardless of political affiliation. Our only constituency is the overburdened American taxpayer. Grades are given impartially, based on the Taxpayer Score.

Taxpayer Score

The Taxpayer Score measures the strength of support for reducing wasteful government spending, opposing higher taxes, and often opposing burdensome regulations that can stifle U.S. economic growth. In general, a higher score is better because it means a member of Congress voted to spend less money.

The Taxpayer Score can range between zero and 100. We do not expect anyone to score a 100, nor has any legislator ever scored a perfect 100—without missing a single vote—in the decades-long history of the comprehensive NTU scoring system. A high score does not mean that the member of Congress was opposed to all spending or all programs. High-scoring members have indicated that they would vote for many programs if the amount of spending were lower or if the spending were offset by cuts elsewhere in the budget. Indeed, a member who still wants to increase spending on some programs can achieve a high score if he or she votes for offsetting cuts. A zero score would indicate that the member of Congress approved every spending increase and opposed every pro-taxpayer reform.

  • Click here for the PDF publication of NTU Rates Congress for the second session of the 117th Congress.
  • To view the list of votes used to establish the NTU Ratings, click here.

 

Senate

Alaska

 

 

 

Kentucky

 

 

 

Nevada

 

 

 

Murkowski

Lisa

50%

C

McConnell

Mitch

52%

C

Cortez Masto

Catherine

16%

F

Sullivan

Daniel

75%

B-

Paul

Randal

95%

A

Rosen

Jacky

18%

F

 

State Average

63%

 

 

State Average

74%

 

 

State Average

17%

 

Alabama

 

 

 

Louisiana

 

 

 

New York

 

 

 

Shelby

Richard

67%*

C+

Cassidy

William

62%

C

Schumer

Charles

N/A

 

Tuberville

Thomas Hawley

87%

B+

Kennedy

John

77%

B-

Gillibrand

Kirsten

14%

F

 

State Average

77%

 

 

State Average

70%

 

 

State Average

14%

 

Arkansas

 

 

 

Massachusetts

 

 

 

Ohio

 

 

 

Boozman

John

75%

B-

Warren

Elizabeth

12%

F

Brown

Sherrod

14%

F

Cotton

Thomas

75%

B-

Markey

Edward

12%

F

Portman

Robert

54%

C

 

State Average

75%

 

 

State Average

12%

 

 

State Average

34%

 

Arizona

 

 

 

Maryland

 

 

 

Oklahoma

 

 

 

Sinema

Kyrsten

22%

D

Cardin

Benjamin

13%

F

Inhofe

James

70%*

C+

Kelly

Mark

18%

F

Van Hollen

Christopher

14%

F

Lankford

James

90%

A

 

State Average

20%

 

 

State Average

14%

 

 

State Average

80%

 

California

 

 

 

Maine

 

 

 

Oregon

 

 

 

Feinstein

Dianne

14%

F

Collins

Susan

42%

C-

Wyden

Ronald

16%

F

Padilla

Alejandro

13%

F

King

Angus

15%

F

Merkley

Jeffrey

13%

F

 

State Average

14%

 

 

State Average

29%

 

 

State Average

15%

 

Colorado

 

 

 

Michigan

 

 

 

Pennsylvania

 

 

 

Bennet

Michael

12%

F

Stabenow

Deborah

13%

F

Casey

Robert

13%

F

Hickenlooper

John

15%

F

Peters

Gary

13%

F

Toomey

Patrick

91%

A

 

 

14%

 

 

State Average

13%

 

 

State Average

52%

 

Connecticut

 

 

 

Minnesota

 

 

 

Rhode Island

 

 

 

Blumenthal

Richard

12%

F

Klobuchar

Amy

16%

F

Reed

John

13%

F

Murphy

Christopher

13%

F

Smith

Tina

15%

F

Whitehouse

Sheldon

12%

F

 

State Average

13%

 

 

State Average

16%

 

 

State Average

13%

 

Delaware

 

 

 

Missouri

 

 

 

South Carolina

 

 

 

Carper

Thomas

14%

F

Blunt

Roy

50%*

C

Graham

Lindsey

52%

C

Coons

Christopher

13%

F

Hawley

Josh

82%

B

Scott

Timothy

85%

B+

 

State Average

14%

 

 

State Average

66%

 

 

State Average

69%

 

Florida

 

 

 

Mississippi

 

 

 

South Dakota

 

 

 

Rubio

Marco

83%

B

Wicker

Roger

53%

C

Thune

John

74%

C+

Scott

Richard

86%

B+

Hyde-Smith

Cindy

72%

C+

Rounds

Michael

69%

C+

 

State Average

85%

 

 

State Average

63%

 

 

State Average

72%

 

Georgia

 

 

 

Montana

 

 

 

Tennessee

 

 

 

Ossoff

Jon

12%

F

Tester

Jon

20%

F

Blackburn

Marsha

91%

A

Warnock

Raphael

12%

F

Daines

Steven

81%

B

Hagerty

William

80%

B

 

State Average

12%

 

 

State Average

51%

 

 

State Average

86%

 

Hawaii

 

 

 

North Carolina

 

 

 

Texas

 

 

 

Schatz

Brian

13%

F

Burr

Richard

71%*

C+

Cornyn

John

62%

C

Hirono

Mazie

14%

F

Tillis

Thomas

69%

C+

Cruz

Ted

86%

B+

 

State Average

14%

 

 

State Average

70%

 

 

State Average

74%

 

Iowa

 

 

 

North Dakota

 

 

 

Utah

 

 

 

Grassley

Chuck

70%

C+

Hoeven

John

83%

B

Lee

Michael

95%

A

Ernst

Joni

76%

B-

Cramer

Kevin

81%*

B

Romney

Willard

74%

C+

 

State Average

73%

 

 

State Average

82%

 

 

State Average

85%

 

Idaho

 

 

 

Nebraska

 

 

 

Virginia

 

 

 

Crapo

Michael

87%

B+

Fischer

Debra

84%

B

Warner

Mark

15%

F

Risch

James

87%

B+

Sasse

Benjamin

75%

B-

Kaine

Timothy

15%

F

 

State Average

87%

 

 

State Average

80%

 

 

State Average

15%

 

Illinois

 

 

 

New Hampshire

 

 

 

Vermont

 

 

 

Durbin

Richard

13%

F

Shaheen

Jeanne

15%

F

Leahy

Patrick

13%*

F

Duckworth

Ladda

13%

F

Hassan

Margaret

16%

F

Sanders

Bernard

11%

F

 

State Average

13%

 

 

State Average

16%

 

 

State Average

12%

 

Indiana

 

 

 

New Jersey

 

 

 

Washington

 

 

 

Young

Todd

60%

C

Menendez

Robert

12%

F

Murray

Patricia

14%

F

Braun

Mike

88%

B+

Booker

Cory

12%

F

Cantwell

Maria

14%

F

 

State Average

74%

 

 

State Average

12%

 

 

State Average

14%

 

Kansas

 

 

 

New Mexico

 

 

 

Wisconsin

 

 

 

Moran

Gerald

57%

C

Heinrich

Martin

13%

F

Johnson

Ron

91%

A

Marshall

Roger

85%

B+

Lujan

Ben

13%

F

Baldwin

Tammy

11%

F

 

State Average

71%

 

 

State Average

13%

 

 

State Average

51%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

West Virginia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Manchin

Joseph

21%

F

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Capito

Shelley

52%

C

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

State Average

37%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wyoming

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Barrasso

John

78%*

B-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lummis

Cynthia

92%

A

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

State Average

85%

 

 

House

Alaska

 

 

 

Indiana

 

 

 

Ohio

 

 

 

Peltola

Mary

N/A

N/A

Pence

Gregory

77%

B-

Jordan

James

87%

B+

 

State Average

N/A

N/A

Banks

Jim

74%

C+

Davidson

Warren

80%

B

Alabama

 

 

 

Hollingsworth

Trey

68%*

C+

Gibbs

Bob

69%

C+

Brooks

Morris

83%

B

Baird

James

67%

C+

Latta

Robert

68%

C+

Moore

Felix

82%

B

Walorski

Jackie

66%**

C+

Wenstrup

Brad

67%

C+

Palmer

Gary

76%

B-

Spartz

Victoria

65%

C+

Carey

Mike

65%

C+

Aderholt

Robert

66%

C+

Bucshon

Larry

64%

C

Balderson

Troy

64%

C

Carl

Jerry

64%

C

Carson

Andre

8%

F

Chabot

Steve

61%

C

Rogers

Michael

64%

C

Mrvan

Frank

7%

F

Johnson

William

58%

C

Sewell

Terrycina

7%

F

 

State Average

55%

 

Turner

Michael

54%

C

 

State Average

63%

 

Kansas

 

 

 

Joyce

David

49%

C-

Arkansas

 

 

 

Estes

Ron

81%

B

Gonzalez

Anthony

49%

C-

Westerman

Bruce

72%

C+

Mann

Tracey

80%

B

Beatty

Joyce

11%

F

Crawford

Rick

71%

C+

Laturner

Jacob

67%

C+

Brown

Shontel

10%

F

Hill

James

64%

C

Davids

Sharice

7%

F

Ryan

Timothy

8%

F

Womack

Stephen

57%

C

 

State Average

59%

 

Kaptur

Marcy

7%

F

 

State Average

66%

 

Kentucky

 

 

 

 

State Average

50%

 

Arizona

 

 

 

Massie

Thomas

85%

B+

Oklahoma

 

 

 

Biggs

Andy

87%

B+

Comer

James

77%

B-

Hern

Kevin

84%

B

Gosar

Paul

86%

B+

Guthrie

Brett

66%

C+

Mullin

Mark

75%

B-

Schweikert

David

81%

B

Barr

Andy

65%

C+

Lucas

Frank

64%

C

Lesko

Debbie

81%

B

Rogers

Harold

61%

C

Bice

Stephanie

62%

C

Grijalva

Raul

11%

F

Yarmuth

John

14%

F

Cole

Thomas

53%

C

Gallego

Ruben

8%

F

 

State Average

61%

 

 

State Average

68%

 

Kirkpatrick

Ann

8%

F

Louisiana

 

 

 

Oregon

 

 

 

Stanton

Greg

7%

F

Higgins

Clay

84%

B

Bentz

Cliff

73%

C+

O'Halleran

Tom

7%

F

Johnson

Mike

76%

B-

Schrader

Kurt

18%

F

 

State Average

42%

 

Scalise

Stephen

72%

C+

Blumenauer

Earl

15%

F

California

 

 

 

Graves

Garret

66%

C+

DeFazio

Peter

14%

F

McClintock

Thomas

82%

B

Letlow

Julia

65%

C+

Bonamici

Suzanne

13%

F

LaMalfa

Douglas

69%

C+

Carter

Troy

7%

F

 

State Average

27%

 

McCarthy

Kevin

69%

C+

 

State Average

62%

 

Pennsylvania

 

 

 

Issa

Darrell

66%

C+

Massachusetts

 

 

 

Perry

Scott

90%

A

Conway

Connie

65%**

C+

Pressley

Ayanna

17%

F

Smucker

Lloyd

72%

C+

Steel

Michelle

63%

C

McGovern

James

16%

F

Joyce

John

69%

C+

Calvert

Kenneth

60%

C

Auchincloss

Jake

12%

F

Keller

Fred

69%

C+

Garcia

Michael

58%

C

Clark

Katherine

11%

F

Kelly

George

67%

C+

Obernolte

Jay

57%

C

Trahan

Lori

11%

F

Meuser

Daniel

67%

C+

Kim

Young

56%

C

Moulton

Seth

10%

F

Thompson

Glenn

62%

C

Valadao

David

55%

C

Keating

William

9%

F

Reschenthaler

Guy

61%

C

Gomez

Jimmy

16%

F

Lynch

Stephen

8%

F

Fitzpatrick

Brian

26%

D

Lee

Barbara

15%

F

Neal

Richard

8%

F

Doyle

Michael

14%

F

Barragan

Nanette

14%

F

 

State Average

11%

 

Dean

Madeleine

10%

F

Khanna

Rohit

14%

F

Maryland

 

 

 

Houlahan

Christina

10%

F

Lowenthal

Alan

14%

F

Harris

Andrew

80%

B

Boyle

Brendan

9%

F

Cardenas

Antonio

13%

F

Raskin

Jamin

13%

F

Scanlon

Mary

9%

F

Porter

Katherine

13%

F

Mfume

Kweisi

11%

F

Wild

Susan

9%

F

Takano

Mark

13%

F

Sarbanes

John

10%

F

Evans

Dwight

8%

F

DeSaulnier

Mark

13%