TAXPAYER WATCHDOG GROUP PRESENTS DICK ZIMMER WITH “HERO” AWARD | Citizens Against Government Waste

TAXPAYER WATCHDOG GROUP PRESENTS DICK ZIMMER WITH “HERO” AWARD

Press Release

For Immediate ReleaseContact: Sean Rushton or Melissa Naudin
October 25, 2000(202) 467-5300

 

 (Washington, D.C.) – Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW) President Thomas A. Schatz today presented former Congressman Dick Zimmer (R-N.J.) with the CCAGW “Taxpayer Hero Award” and discussed his exemplary record fighting government waste, fraud, and abuse during his six years in Congress representing New Jersey’s 12th District.

“During his time in Congress, Zimmer was truly one of the good guys.  In a town of make-believe waste cutters, Zimmer always proved himself to be an elected official who put his votes where his rhetoric was,” Schatz said.  “Zimmer voted consistently with the taxpayer, often in the face of entrenched resistance, to cut wasteful spending, eliminate the deficit, and rein in an out-of-control federal bureaucracy.”

“In fact,” Schatz added, “Zimmer had the highest rating of any member of the New Jersey delegation every year he served in Congress, including a perfect 100 percent rating in 1992 and 1993.” 

Ratings in 1996, Zimmer’s last year in Congress, were based on 35 key waste votes in the House and 25 votes in the Senate.  CCAGW chose to rate votes which could have significantly reduced or eliminated government waste or decreased costs to taxpayers.  The ratings followed a simple rule: the higher the rating, the better the senator or the representative did in fighting waste. 

Members of Congress receiving 80 percent or better “are in the waste-fighting elite,” according to Schatz, and “deserve special recognition for their tireless efforts to ensure that every dollar Washington takes away from hardworking, overtaxed Americans is not lost in a black hole.”     

Schatz concluded, “Taxpayers have a right to know exactly who is part of the waste problem in Washington, D.C., and who is part of the solution.  The members who received CCAGW’s Taxpayer’s Hero awards, including Dick Zimmer, are part of the solution."

CCAGW is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, established in 1984 following the release of the Grace Commission Report.  CCAGW is dedicated to helping enact waste-cutting legislation.  For more information or to schedule an interview, please call  Sean Rushton at (202) 467-5300.

 

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