Bishop, Budd, Rouzer earn “Taxpayers’ Friend Award”

Rep. Dan Bishop, R-N.C., speaks at the U.S. Capitol. (House Television via AP)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The conservative National Taxpayers Union (NTU) has released their congressional ratings scorecard for the second session of the 116th Congress. NTU says the ratings are the most comprehensive analysis of the way that members of Congress vote for taxpayers. The 2020 ratings scored a total of almost 200 roll call votes in Congress, including 17 votes in the U.S. Senate and 178 votes in the U.S. House of Representatives.

To receive a Taxpayers’ Friend Award, a member of Congress must have not only achieved a grade of an A, but also voted on a minimum of 90% of weighted total votes in the House or 75% of weighted total votes in the Senate.

U.S. Reps. Dan Bishop, Ted Budd, and David Rouzer received the awards, the only 3 members of the state’s delegation receive an award from the influential organization.

Bishop scored the highest on the scorecard, with a 95% rating. Budd and Rouzer received ratings of 93% and 91%, respectively.

Only four U.S. senators received the award: Utah’s Mike Lee, Kentucky’s Rand Paul, Indiana’s Mike Braun, and Louisiana’s John Kennedy.

Former U.S. Rep. Mark Walker scored 95% in the ratings, but failed the vote participation metric, showing up to less than 75% of the scored votes.