Saturday, August 26, 2006

Allyson Schwartz: A Zero

Despite a strong public outcry to see government wastefulness curbed amidst record-breaking deficits, Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz turned a tin ear to taxpayers by voting for more wasteful spending than any other member of the House of Representatives in the entire country.

Schwartz was the only member in the House of Representatives who received a zero-percent ranking from the taxpayer watchdog group Citizens Against Government Waste in a report released this week.

“This confirms that without a doubt that Allyson Schwartz is the most fiscally liberal member of Congress,” said Congressional Candidate Raj Peter Bhakta. “In this day of record breaking deficits, the 13th District should not have the most fiscally irresponsible representative.”

“I believe Congress has lost its way,” said Raj. “We cannot spend our way into prosperity. Congress is selling our children’s future one vote at a time.”

Since 1989, the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW) has examined Congressional roll-call votes to determine which members of Congress are voting in the interest of taxpayers. Their goal is to applaud the members who want to protect our tax dollars and cut spending. At the same time, CAGW seeks to alert the taxpaying public to those who use public funds for pet programs and pork barrel spending.

“Schwartz proved once again that she is not in Congress for the hard working people of the 13th District,” said Raj. “The 13th District needs a congressperson that seeks to limit wasteful spending and restore honesty to our political process.”

Earlier this year Schwartz was ranked as the 423rd least effective congressperson in the country by a study published by Congress.org.

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