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Labrador Earns National Taxpayers Union Award

(WASHINGTON, D.C.)- Congressman Raúl Labrador was recognized today for his outstanding pro-taxpayer voting record last year. The 362,000-member National Taxpayers Union (NTU), a nonpartisan citizen group, has announced that Labrador is among the 53 distinguished recipients of the 2011 “Taxpayers’ Friend Award.”

“I am proud to earn this distinction from the National Taxpayers Union,” Congressman Labrador said. “Our nation’s economic problems are not rooted in too little taxation, but instead, too much spending. I am committed to significantly scaling back federal spending and reducing the burdens of excessive taxation on America’s families and businesses.”

“With all the challenges facing our economy, fiscal discipline in Washington, DC has never been more important,” NTU President Duane Parde said. “Fortunately, residents of Idaho’s First Congressional District could count on Congressman Labrador, to whom the National Taxpayers Union is proud to present a ‘Taxpayers’ Friend Award.’”

The award is given to Representatives and Senators who achieve an “A” grade in NTU’s annual Rating of Congress. The Rating, which is based on every roll call vote affecting fiscal policy, assigns a “Taxpayer Score” to each Member of Congress that indicates his or her support for reducing or controlling federal spending, taxes, debt, and regulation. For 2011, a total of 337House and 234 Senate votes were selected.

“Congressman Labrador’s pro-taxpayer score of 89 percent was one of the best in the entire Congress,” Parde continued. “By voting time and again to reduce federal spending, taxes, and debt, Congressman Labrador has led by example in the fight to defend overburdened taxpayers across the country.”

In the latest Congress, 53 lawmakers attained scores sufficient for an “A” grade (a minimum score of 85 percent in the House and 90 percent the Senate) and therefore won the “Taxpayers’ Friend Award” – representing a decline from the 79 who achieved the honor in 2010. On the other hand, slightly over 200 Senators and Representatives were tagged with the title of “Big Spender” for posting “F” grades (20 percent or less in the House and 19 percent or less in the Senate).

“Congressman Labrador’s pro-taxpayer score of 89 percent was one of the best in the entire Senate/House. By consistently voting to reduce federal spending, taxes, and debt, Congressman Labrador has truly earned the title, ‘Taxpayers’ Friend,’” Parde said.

NTU is a nonpartisan, nonprofit citizen group founded in 1969 to work for lower taxes, smaller government and economic freedom at all levels. Note: The 2011 Rating and a searchable Rating database from 1992 to 2011 is available at www.ntu.org. For questions about the Rating, its history, or methodology, contact NTU Communications Manager Doug Kellogg at (703) 683-5700.