Examples of Riders and Government Waste

For examples of riders, government waste, pork barrel spending, and earmarking, go to the website of Citizens Against Government Waste at: http://cagw.org/reporting/pig-book.

The Congressional Pig Book is published annually by this organization, which also monthly names a “Porker of the Month.” This dubious monthly honor is given to lawmakers, government officials and political candidates who have shown a blatant disregard for the interest of taxpayers.

This organization’s affiliate, the Council for Citizens against Government Waste (CCAGW), publishes annually its Congressional Ratings. CCAGW examines roll call votes to help identify which members of Congress have defended taxpayer interests and which have backed down on their promises of fiscal responsibility. The Ratings separate the praiseworthy from the profligate by evaluating important tax, spending, transparency, and accountability measures. CCAGW applauds those members of Congress who stood up for taxpayers and ignored the temptations of satisfying local or special interests.

CCAGW’s 2015 Congressional Ratings, for the first session of the 114th Congress, rated 100 votes in the House of Representatives and 35 votes in the Senate. By comparison, CCAGW rated 85 votes in the House of Representatives and 13 votes in the Senate in the second session of the 113th Congress.

CCAGW rates members on a 0-100% scale. Members are placed in the following categories: 0-19% Hostile; 20-39% Unfriendly; 40-59% Lukewarm; 60-79% Friendly; 80-99% Taxpayer Hero; and 100% Taxpayer Super Hero.