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Graves Named ‘Taxpayer Hero’ by Government Waste Watchdogs

Washington, April 3, 2019 -

Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) was named a “Taxpayer Hero” by the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW), a national organization dedicated to eliminating waste, mismanagement and inefficiency in government. Since 1989, CCAGW has identified Members of Congress who are committed to protecting taxpayer dollars and standing up for accountability and transparency in government. For the 2018 rankings, CCAGW identified 55 roll call votes in the U.S. House of Representatives that met these criteria.

“We applaud and wholeheartedly thank Rep. Tom Graves for his tireless work on behalf of the taxpayers while serving in Congress,” said CCAGW President Tom Schatz.  “His constituents should know that his votes to cut wasteful spending and make government more accountable are much appreciated by all taxpayers.”

The following votes were singled out as “victories” for the American taxpayer. Rep. Graves supported all three of these bills.

  • Passage of the Spending Cuts to Expired and Unnecessary Programs Act. H.R. 3, the largest single rescissions package in history, which would cancel $14.8 billion in unobligated funds sitting dormant in federal agency coffers, passed by a vote of 210-206.

  • Passage of the Restoring Access to Medication and Modernizing Health Savings Accounts Act of 2018. H.R. 6199, which would expand the use of Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) by permitting individuals to use their HSAs to pay for over-the-counter medicines and certain fitness expenses, allowing Direct Primary Care provider fees to be a qualified medical expense, and providing flexibility for HSA-eligible plans to offer first-dollar coverage to a certain amount, passed by a vote of 277-142.

  • Passage of the Protecting Family and Small Business Tax Cuts Act of 2018. H.R. 6760, which would make permanent certain provisions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, including reductions to individual tax rates, increases to the standard deduction, caps on state and local tax deductions, and increases to the estate tax and alternative minimum tax exemptions, passed by a vote of 220-191.

You can see the full list and Rep. Graves’ voting record here.

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