Rates Congress

The National Taxpayers Union has released the congressional ratings scorecard for the second session of the 116th Congress. NTU's ratings are the most comprehensive analysis of the way that members of Congress vote for taxpayers. For our 2020 congressional ratings, NTU scored a total of almost 200 roll call votes in Congress, which includes 17 votes in the Senate and 178 votes in the House of Representatives.

Every vote with a fiscal impact received a score and a weight from NTU. This year, 18 Representatives and 5 Senators had a voting record worthy of a “Taxpayers’ Friend” award, which are given to the members of Congress who set a high standard for protecting taxpayers’ interests.

The Taxpayer Score measures the strength of support for reducing spending and opposing higher taxes. 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 vote in the multi-year 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 budget were balanced. A member who wants to increase spending on some programs can achieve a high score if he or she votes for offsetting cuts in other programs. A zero score would indicate that the member of Congress approved every spending proposal and opposed every pro-taxpayer reform.

NTU believes a score qualifying for a grade of “A” indicates the member is one of the strongest supporters of responsible tax and spending policies. We are pleased to give these members of Congress our “Taxpayers’ Friend Award.” 

  • Click here for the PDF publication of NTU Rates Congress for the second session of the 116th Congress.
  • You may view the 2020 list of Taxpayers’ Friends in the House and Senate here.
  • To view the list of votes used to establish the NTU Ratings, click here.

Senate

Alabama

 

 

Kentucky

 

 

North Dakota

 

 

Jones

0%

F

McConnell

N/A

N/A

Cramer

37%

D

Shelby

58%

C

Paul

97%

A

Hoeven

37%

D

State Average

29%

 

State Average

97%

 

State Average

37%

 

Alaska

 

 

Louisiana

 

 

Ohio

 

 

Murkowski

25%

D

Cassidy

51%

C

Brown

5%

F

Sullivan

39%

D

Kennedy

87%

A

Portman

32%

D

State Average

32%

 

State Average

69%

 

State Average

19%

 

Arizona

 

 

Maine

 

 

Oklahoma

 

 

Kelly

N/A

N/A

Collins

11%

F

Inhofe

49%

C-

McSally**

20%

D

King

0%

F

Lankford

63%

C+

Sinema

0%

F

State Average

6%

 

State Average

56%

 

State Average

10%

 

Maryland

 

 

Oregon

 

 

Arkansas

 

 

Cardin

0%

F

Merkley

21%

D

Boozman

37%

D

Van Hollen

0%

F

Wyden

21%

D

Cotton

45%

C-

State Average

0%

 

State Average

21%

 

State Average

41%

 

Massachusetts

 

 

Pennsylvania

 

 

California

 

 

Markey*

27%

D

Casey

0%

F

Feinstein

0%

F

Warren*

25%

D

Toomey

74%

B

Harris**

7%

F

State Average

26%

 

State Average

37%

 

State Average

4%

 

Michigan

 

 

Rhode Island

 

 

Colorado

 

 

Peters

0%

F

Reed

0%

F

Bennet

0%

F

Stabenow

0%

F

Whitehouse

0%

F

Gardner*

14%

F

State Average

0%

 

State Average

0%

 

State Average

7%

 

Minnesota

 

 

South Carolina

 

 

Connecticut

 

 

Klobuchar

0%

F

Graham*

37%

D

Blumenthal

0%

F

Smith

0%

F

Scott

43%

C-

Murphy

0%

F

State Average

0%

 

State Average

40%

 

State Average

0%

 

Mississippi

 

 

South Dakota

 

 

Delaware

 

 

Hyde-Smith

45%

C-

Rounds*

55%

C

Carper

25%

D

Wicker

37%

D

Thune

37%

D

Coons

3%

F

State Average

41%

 

State Average

46%

 

State Average

14%

 

Missouri

 

 

Tennessee

 

 

Florida

 

 

Blunt

37%

D

Alexander

31%

D

Rubio

30%

D

Hawley

51%

C

Blackburn

63%

C+

Scott*

48%

C-

State Average

44%

 

State Average

47%

 

State Average

39%

 

Montana

 

 

Texas

 

 

Georgia

 

 

Daines

49%

C-

Cornyn

44%

C-

Loeffler*

5%

C

Tester

0%

F

Cruz

80%

B+

Perdue

56%

C

State Average

25%

 

State Average

62%

 

State Average

53%

 

Nebraska

 

 

Utah

 

 

Hawaii

 

 

Fischer

51%

C

Lee*

100%

A

Hirono

0%

F

Sasse

53%

C

Romney

49%

C-

Schatz

0%

F

State Average

52%

 

State Average

75%

 

State Average

0%

 

Nevada

 

 

Vermont

 

 

Idaho

 

 

Cortez Masto

0%

F

Leahy

5%

F

Crapo

60%

C+

Rosen

0%

F

Sanders**

28%

D

Risch

60%

C+

State Average

0%

 

State Average

17%

 

State Average

60%

 

New Hampshire

 

 

Virginia

 

 

Illinois

 

 

Hassan

0%

F

Kaine

0%

F

Duckworth

0%

F

Shaheen

0%

F

Warner

0%

F

Durbin

0%

F

State Average

0%

 

State Average

0%

 

State Average

0%

 

New Jersey

 

 

Washington

 

 

Indiana

 

 

Booker

21%

D

Cantwell

0%

F

Braun

87%

A

Menendez

0%

F

Murray

0%

F

Young

35%

D

State Average

11%

 

State Average

0%

 

State Average

61%

 

New Mexico

 

 

West Virginia

 

 

Iowa

 

 

Heinrich

0%

F

Capito

32%

D

Ernst

38%

D

Udall

0%

F

Manchin

4%

F

Grassley

39%

D

State Average

0%

 

State Average

18%

 

State Average

39%

 

New York

 

 

Wisconsin

 

 

Kansas

 

 

Gillibrand

5%

F

Baldwin

0%

F

Moran

48%

C-

Schumer

0%

F

Johnson

63%

C+

Roberts

37%

D

State Average

3%

 

State Average

32%

 

State Average

43%

 

North Carolina

 

 

Wyoming

 

 

 

 

 

Burr

37%

D

Barrasso

51%

C

 

 

 

Tillis

40%

C-

Enzi*

58%

C

 

 

 

State Average

39%

 

State Average

55%

 

 

House

Alabama

 

 

Indiana

 

 

North Dakota

 

 

Aderholt

85%

B+

Baird

82%

B

Armstrong

87%

B+

Brooks

89%

B+

Banks

87%

B+

State Average

87%

 

Byrne**

86%

B+

Brooks

68%

C

Ohio

 

 

Palmer

91%

A

Bucshon

78%

B-

Balderson

73%

C+

Roby**

78%

B-

Carson

4%

F

Beatty

6%

F

Rogers*

81%

B

Hollingsworth

85%

B+

Chabot

83%

B

Sewell

5%

F

Pence

85%

B+

Davidson

96%

A

State Average

73%

 

Visclosky

6%

F

Fudge

10%

F

Alaska

 

 

Walorski

75%

B-

Gibbs*

75%

B-

Young Don

55%

C-

State Average

63%

 

Gonzalez

71%

C+

State Average

55%

 

Iowa

 

 

Johnson

75%

B-

Arizona

 

 

Axne

18%

F

Jordan

94%

A

Biggs

94%

A

Finkenauer

15%

F

Joyce

61%

C

Gallego

4%

F

King**

92%

A

Kaptur

4%

F

Gosar*

94%

A

Loebsack

2%

F

Latta

84%

B

Grijalva

8%

F

State Average

32%

 

Ryan

4%

F

Kirkpatrick*

6%

F

Kansas

 

 

Stivers

72%

C+

Lesko

86%

B+

Davids

18%

F

Turner

72%

C+

O'Halleran

3%

F

Estes

87%

B+

Wenstrup

84%

B

Schweikert

93%

A

Marshall

82%

B

State Average

60%

 

Stanton

4%

F

Watkins

83%

B

Oklahoma

 

 

 

44%

 

State Average

68%

 

Cole

75%

B-

Arkansas

 

 

Kentucky

 

 

Hern

88%

B+

Crawford

80%

B

Barr

81%

B

Horn

31%

D

Hill

82%

B

Comer

85%

B+

Lucas*

78%

B-

Westerman

86%

B+

Guthrie*

82%

B

Mullin**

84%

B

Womack

80%

B

Massie

96%

A

State Average

71%

 

State Average

82%

 

Rogers

73%

C+

Oregon

 

 

California

 

 

Yarmuth

6%

F

Blumenauer

17%

F

Aguilar

4%

F

State Average

71%

 

Bonamici

14%

F

Barragan

14%

F

Louisiana

 

 

DeFazio

7%

F

Bass

6%

F

Abraham

N/A

N/A

Schrader

32%

D

Bera

4%

F

Graves

90%

A

Walden

69%

C

Brownley

4%

F

Higgins

91%

A

State Average

28%

 

Calvert

77%

B-

Johnson*

86%

B+

Pennsylvania

 

 

Carbajal

3%

F

Richmond

10%

F

Boyle

15%

F

Cardenas

5%

F

Scalise

92%

A

Cartwright

10%

F

Chu

11%

F

State Average

74%

 

Dean

4%

F

Cisneros

4%

F

Maine

 

 

Doyle

13%

F

Cook*

76%

B-

Golden

24%

D

Evans

6%

F

Correa

7%

F

Pingree

6%

F

Fitzpatrick

30%

D

Costa

4%

F

State Average

15%

 

Houlahan

4%

F

Cox

4%

F

Maryland

 

 

Joyce

83%

B

Davis

4%

F

Brown

4%

F

Keller

85%

B+

DeSaulnier

18%

F

Harris

94%

A

Kelly

82%

B

Eshoo

6%

F

Hoyer

4%

F

Lamb

21%

F

Garamendi

4%

F

Mfume*

7%

F

Meuser

81%

B

Garcia**

73%

C+

Raskin

19%

F

Perry

95%

A

Gomez

19%

F

Ruppersberger

2%

F

Reschenthaler*

78%

B-

Harder

4%

F

Sarbanes

6%

F

Scanlon

4%

F

Huffman

13%

F

Trone

5%

F

Smucker

83%

B

Khanna

23%

D

State Average

18%

 

Thompson

76%

B-

LaMalfa

85%

B+

Massachusetts

 

 

Wild

12%

F

Lee

17%

F

Clark

9%

F

State Average

43%

 

Levin

4%

F

Keating

5%

F

Rhode Island

 

 

Lieu

10%

F

Kennedy

20%

F

Cicilline

4%

F

Lofgren

13%

F

Lynch

6%

F

Langevin

4%

F

Lowenthal

9%

F

McGovern

19%

F

State Average