Rates Congress

The National Taxpayers Union has released the congressional ratings scorecard for the first 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 2019 congressional ratings, NTU scored a total of almost 200 roll call votes in Congress, which includes 43 votes in the Senate and 153 votes in the House of Representatives.

Every vote with a fiscal impact received a score and a weight from NTU. This year, 48 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 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 first session of the 116th Congress.
  • You may view the 2019 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

7%

F

McConnell

N/A

N/A

Cramer

24%

D

Shelby

32%

D

Paul

95%

A

Hoeven

24%

D

State Average

20%

 

State Average

95%

 

State Average

24%

 

Alaska

 

 

Louisiana

 

 

Ohio

 

 

Murkowski

21%

D

Cassidy*

47%

C-

Brown S.

4%

F

Sullivan

35%

D

Kennedy John

74%

B

Portman

21%

D

State Average

28%

 

State Average

61%

 

State Average

13%

 

Arizona

 

 

Maine

 

 

Oklahoma

 

 

McSally

25%

D

Collins

17%

F

Inhofe

46%

C-

Sinema

8%

F

King A.

8%

F

Lankford

74%

B

State Average

17%

 

State Average

13%

 

State Average

60%

 

Arkansas

 

 

Maryland

 

 

Oregon

 

 

Boozman

23%

D

Cardin

3%

F

Merkley

18%

F

Cotton

41%

C-

Van Hollen

10%

F

Wyden

17%

F

State Average

32%

 

State Average

7%

 

State Average

18%

 

California

 

 

Massachusetts

 

 

Pennsylvania

 

 

Feinstein

4%

F

Markey

21%

D

Casey

3%

F

Harris K.

N/A

N/A

Warren

N/A

N/A

Toomey*

81%

A

State Average

4%

 

State Average

21%

 

State Average

42%

 

Colorado

 

 

Michigan

 

 

Rhode Island

 

 

Bennet**

22%

D

Peters G.

3%

F

Reed J.*

4%

F

Gardner

31%

D

Stabenow

3%

F

Whitehouse

5%

F

State Average

27%

 

State Average

3%

 

State Average

5%

 

Connecticut

 

 

Minnesota

 

 

South Carolina

 

 

Blumenthal

3%

F

Klobuchar**

21%

D

Graham L.

23%

D

Murphy C.

4%

F

Smith

3%

F

Scott T.

76%

B+

State Average

4%

 

State Average

12%

 

State Average

50%

 

Delaware

 

 

Mississippi

 

 

South Dakota

 

 

Carper

25%

D

Hyde-Smith

27%

D

Rounds

28%

D

Coons

3%

F

Wicker

26%

D

Thune

25%

D

State Average

14%

 

State Average

27%

 

State Average

27%

 

Florida

 

 

Missouri

 

 

Tennessee

 

 

Rubio

57%

C

Blunt

23%

D

Alexander*

25%

D

Scott

44%

C-

Hawley

49%

C-

Blackburn

79%

B+

State Average

51%

 

State Average

36%

 

State Average

52%

 

Georgia

 

 

Montana

 

 

Texas

 

 

Isakson

N/A

N/A

Daines

73%

B

Cornyn

61%

C+

Perdue

42%

C-

Tester

13%

F

Cruz

86%

A

State Average

42%

 

State Average

43%

 

State Average

74%

 

Hawaii

 

 

Nebraska

 

 

Utah

 

 

Hirono

4%

F

Fischer

66%

B-

Lee M.

98%

A

Schatz

4%

F

Sasse

78%

B+

Romney

71%

B

State Average

4%

 

State Average

72%

 

State Average

85%

 

Idaho

 

 

Nevada

 

 

Vermont

 

 

Crapo

58%

C

Cortez Masto

3%

F

Leahy

4%

F

Risch

76%

B+

Rosen

2%

F

Sanders

N/A

N/A

State Average

67%

 

State Average

3%

 

State Average

4%

 

Illinois

 

 

New Hampshire

 

 

Virginia

 

 

Duckworth

3%

F

Hassan

3%

F

Kaine

4%

F

Durbin

4%

F

Shaheen

4%

F

Warner

3%

F

State Average

4%

 

State Average

4%

 

State Average

4%

 

Indiana

 

 

New Jersey

 

 

Washington

 

 

Braun

95%

A

Booker

N/A

N/A

Cantwell

3%

F

Young T.

38%

D

Menendez

4%

F

Murray

3%

F

State Average

67%

 

State Average

4%

 

State Average

3%

 

Iowa

 

 

New Mexico

 

 

West Virginia

 

 

Ernst

59%

C

Heinrich

4%

F

Capito

24%

D

Grassley

45%

C-

Udall

4%

F

Manchin

17%

F

State Average

52%

 

State Average

4%

 

State Average

21%

 

Kansas

 

 

New York

 

 

Wisconsin

 

 

Moran

40%

C-

Gillibrand**

28%

D

Baldwin

4%

F

Roberts

23%

D

Schumer

8%

F

Johnson R.

65%

B-

State Average

32%

 

State Average

18%

 

State Average

35%

 

 

 

 

North Carolina

 

 

Wyoming

 

 

 

 

 

Burr*

23%

D

Barrasso

66%

B-

 

 

 

Tillis

48%

C-

Enzi

72%

B

 

 

 

State Average

36%

 

State Average

69%

 

 

House

Alabama

 

 

Indiana

 

 

North Dakota

 

 

Aderholt

66%

C+

Baird

71%

B-

Armstrong

75%

B-

Brooks M.

89%

A

Banks

86%

A

State Average

75%

 

Byrne

86%

A

Brooks S.

64%

C+

Ohio

 

 

Palmer

89%

A

Bucshon

77%

B

Balderson

77%

B

Roby

59%

C

Carson

7%

F

Beatty

8%

F

Rogers M.

74%

B-

Hollingsworth

73%

B-

Chabot

84%

B+

Sewell

6%

F

Pence

64%

C+

Davidson

89%

A

State Average

67%

 

Visclosky

6%

F

Fudge

6%

F

Alaska

 

 

Walorski

71%

B-

Gibbs

74%

B-

Young Don

56%

C

State Average

58%

 

Gonzalez

66%

C+

State Average

56%

 

Iowa

 

 

Johnson B.

72%

B-

Arizona

 

 

Axne

8%

F

Jordan

91%

A

Biggs

94%

A

Finkenauer

8%

F

Joyce

54%

C

Gallego

11%

F

King S.

85%

B+

Kaptur

7%

F

Gosar

93%

A

Loebsack

6%

F

Latta

86%

A

Grijalva

15%

F

State Average

27%

 

Ryan T.*

8%

F

Kirkpatrick

7%

F

Kansas

 

 

Stivers

58%

C

Lesko

85%

B+

Davids

7%

F

Turner

57%

C

O'Halleran

6%

F

Estes

85%

B+

Wenstrup

83%

B+

Schweikert

88%

A

Marshall

76%

B

State Average

58%

 

Stanton

9%

F

Watkins

82%

B+

Oklahoma

 

 

State Average

45%

 

State Average

63%

 

Cole

58%

C

Arkansas

 

 

Kentucky

 

 

Hern

87%

A

Crawford

80%

B

Barr

78%

B

Horn

10%

F

Hill

68%

C+

Comer

85%

B+

Lucas*

66%

C+

Westerman

82%

B+

Guthrie

73%

B-

Mullin

86%

A

Womack

63%

C+

Massie

95%

A

State Average

61%

 

State Average

73%

 

Rogers H.

62%

C+

Oregon

 

 

California

 

 

Yarmuth

8%

F

Blumenauer

22%

D

Aguilar

12%

F

State Average

67%

 

Bonamici

12%

F

Barragan

12%

F

Louisiana

 

 

DeFazio

15%

F

Bass

14%

F

Abraham**

80%

B

Schrader

15%

F

Bera

6%

F

Graves G.

77%

B

Walden

55%

C

Brownley

6%

F

Higgins C.

89%

A

State Average

24%

 

Calvert

62%

C+

Johnson M.

88%

A

Pennsylvania

 

 

Carbajal

6%

F

Richmond

11%

F

Boyle

11%

F

Cardenas

12%

F

Scalise

75%

B-

Cartwright

7%

F

Chu

12%

F

State Average

70%

 

Dean

8%

F

Cisneros

7%

F

Maine

 

 

Doyle

13%

F

Cook

61%

C+

Golden

10%

F

Evans

8%

F

Correa

12%

F

Pingree

8%

F

Fitzpatrick

22%

D

Costa

8%

F

State Average

9%

 

Houlahan

6%

F

Cox

7%

F

Maryland

 

 

Joyce

87%

A

Davis S.

6%

F

Brown A.

7%

F

Keller**

83%

B+

DeSaulnier

13%

F

Cummings

9%

F

Kelly M.

85%

B+

Eshoo

11%

F

Harris A.

86%

A

Lamb

6%

F

Garamendi

7%

F

Hoyer

6%

F

Marino

N/A

N/A

Gomez

15%

F

Raskin

14%

F

Meuser

74%

B-

Harder

11%

F

Ruppersberger

6%

F

Perry

89%

A

Hill*

9%

F

Sarbanes

8%

F

Reschenthaler

62%

C+

Huffman

16%

F

Trone

7%

F

Scanlon

8%

F

Hunter*

85%

B+

State Average

18%

 

Smucker

84%

B+

Khanna

14%

F

Massachusetts

 

 

Thompson G.

59%

C

LaMalfa

75%

B-

Clark K.

8%

F

Wild

6%

F

Lee B.

16%

F

Keating

6%

F

State Average

40%

 

Levin

6%

F

Kennedy Joseph P.

14%

F

Rhode Island

 

 

Lieu

13%

F

Lynch

6%

F

Cicilline

8%

F

Lofgren

13%

F

McGovern

14%

F

Langevin

6%

F

Lowenthal

14%

F

Moulton

7%

F

State Average

7%

 

Matsui

8%

F

Neal

8%

F

South Carolina

 

 

McCarthy

67%

C+

Pressley

27%

D

Clyburn

6%

F

McClintock

94%

A

Trahan

12%

F

Cunningham

12%

F

McNerney

8%

F

State Average

11%

 

Duncan Jeff

89%

A

Napolitano

14%

F

Michigan

 

 

Norman

91%

A

Nunes

74%

B-

Amash

95%

A

Rice T.

88%

A

Panetta

9%

F

Bergman

66%

C+

Timmons

88%

A

Pelosi

N/A

N/A

Dingell

8%

F

Wilson J.

69%

C+

Peters S.

12%

F

Huizenga

82%

B+

State Average

63%

 

Porter

6%

F

Kildee

10%

F

South Dakota

 

 

Rouda

6%

F

Lawrence

7%

F

Johnson

83%

B+

Roybal-Allard

12%

F

Levin

14%

F

State Average

83%

 

Ruiz

6%

F

Mitchell

74%

B-

Tennessee

 

 

Sanchez

12%

F

Moolenaar

74%

B-