Landry rated top taxpayer advocate

A national tax reform and reduced government advocacy group contends that Rep. Jeff Landry (R-New Iberia) is a taxpayer’s friend.

On Thursday, the 362,000-member National Taxpayers Union announced Landry was the only congressman from Louisiana to earn the organization’s “A” rating.

National Taxpayer’s Union President Duane Parde said in a news release that Landry’s record earned him the highest ratings possible from a combination of conservative groups.

“As our nation continues to confront challenges to a strong economic recovery, fiscal discipline in Washington, D.C. has never been more important,” Parde said. “Fortunately, residents of Louisiana’s 3rd Congressional District could count on Congressman Landry, to whom National Taxpayers Union is proud to present a Taxpayers’ Friend Award. If every member of Congress voted as carefully as Congressman Landry, current and future generations of Americans could enjoy much lower taxes and a less wasteful government.”

The award was given to members of the House of Representatives and Senate who achieve an “A” grade in the NTU Rating of Congress. Ratings are based on every roll call vote affecting fiscal policy. Taxpayer Score for each member of Congress indicates support for reducing or controlling federal spending, taxes, debt, and regulation.

Landry, who voted against Washington’s debt ceiling deal and the Super Committee, was grateful for the recognition.

“I am honored to be recognized as Louisiana’s Representative who fights the hardest to reduce wasteful spending, taxes, and debt,” Landry said. “I thank the NTU for this award; and will continue to represent the people of South Louisiana, Americans who want to balance the budget and reduce the debt, not play Washington’s games.”

NTU identifies itself as non-profit citizen group. Founded in 1969, the organization works for lower taxes, smaller government, and economic freedom at all levels.

A searchable rating database tracking all members of Congress from 1992 to 2011 is available at