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Groups honor Chambliss, Isakson

POSTED: September 27, 2012 9:04 p.m.
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U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Federation of Independent Business, the nation’s leading small business association, named U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss a Guardian of Small Business for his voting record in the 112th Congress on behalf of America’s small-business owners.


NFIB President and CEO Dan Danner praised Chambliss for “standing up for small business.” In presenting the group’s coveted Guardian of Small Business Award, Danner said, “Small-business owners pay close attention to how their lawmakers vote on the issues affecting their businesses and employees and stand by those who stand for them.”


“The record shows that Sen. Chambliss is a true champion of small business, having stood strong on the key small-business votes in the 112th Congress,” said Danner. “This award reflects our members’ appreciation for supporting the NFIB pro-growth agenda for small business.”


“I am humbled to receive this award,” Chambliss said. “Small businesses are the economic engine of this country. I have always worked to protect small businesses, and will continue to do so.”


For additional information and to view “How Congress Voted,” which has the key small-business votes and voting percentages for each lawmaker, go to http://www.NFIB.com/hcv.


U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., has been honored as a “Taxpayer Hero” by the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste for his voting record for 2011. The award is given to members of Congress who demonstrate a commitment to increasing transparency, minimizing waste, permanently eliminating earmarks, and reducing the ever-growing national debt.


“I am deeply honored to receive this distinction from the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste because solving our country’s fiscal issues is one of my top priorities in the Senate,” said Isakson. “America cannot spend its way into prosperity; instead, we must make tough decisions to curb our spending and tackle our massive $16 trillion debt and record deficits. During this recession, the American people have had to lower their debt, cut their spending and get their personal finances in order. It’s time that government does the same. Our country can’t afford to wait.”


The Council for Citizens Against Government Waste is the lobbying arm of Citizens Against Government Waste, the nation’s largest nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating waste, fraud, abuse and mismanagement in government.


For its 2011 Congressional ratings, the group examined 38 key roll call votes in the Senate to separate the taxpayer advocates in Congress from those who favor wasteful programs and pork-barrel spending. Isakson’s high score earned him the “Taxpayer Hero” honor.


Isakson has a longstanding record of demonstrating fiscal responsibility. In his congressional office, for example, he has returned more than $3 million of his annual office budget to the Treasury over the years as a former member of the House and as a current member of the Senate.


Isakson has introduced or co-sponsored numerous proposals aimed at reining in federal spending, including S. 211, the Biennial Budgeting and Appropriations Act. This bipartisan legislation would convert the federal budget process from an annual, chaotic rush, to a two-year, more thoughtful process that requires Congress to conduct oversight. The Biennial Budgeting and Appropriations Act dedicates the first year of a Congress to appropriating federal dollars and devotes the second year to scrutinizing federal programs to determine whether they are working and deserve continued funding.

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