Report card ranks congressmen on attendance, other categories

WASHINGTON --- Georgia's congressmen are back in the state until early September, soliciting votes and campaign contributions and explaining to taxpayers how they earned their pay in Washington.

But did they? It all depends on what you think is important and how you measure accomplishments.

To try to provide some answers, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution analyzed a wide range of data on all of Georgia's members of Congress, including voting and legislative records, pork-barrel state projects they got funded, office and staff expenses, and ratings by outside organizations.

To read the rest of the story, visit the website of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

How Augusta Congress members stack up

U.S. senators and representatives get $174,000 in annual wages plus benefits and $1 million or more each for offices, supplies and staff. So what do taxpayers get in return? We offer some details on how Georgia's members of Congress are earning their pay -- including how often they miss work, how much they spend and what sorts of accomplishments they've made. Most data are for the 111th Congress that began January 2009 through the last date available. Staff salaries, office and travel expenses are for 2009.

See the full report card at www.ajc.com/news/congress-report-card-595667.html.

Sources: U.S. House Clerk's Office; U.S. Senate; U.S. House chief administrative officer; Opensecrets.org; Center for Responsive Politics; Legistorm; Council for Citizens Against Government Waste; Taxpayers for Common Sense; Opencongress.org; Project Vote Smart; U.S. Chamber of Commerce; American Conservative Union; ACLU; TheHill.com; Washington Post; CSPAN

SEN. SAXBY CHAMBLISS, R

Missed votes: 28 (5 percent)

Average reported tardiness (days): 12

Percent votes with party: 95

Bills sponsored: 25

Bills made into law: 0

Bills co-sponsored: 207

Co-sponsored bills made into law: 3

Days took to Senate floor: 65

Citizens Against Government Waste vote rating (100 best/0 worst): 95

Opencongress.org">style="bold">Opencongress.org user approval rating (100 best/0 worst): 29

U.S. Chamber of Commerce rating (100 best/0 worst): 71

Votes on key issues:

- Health care: No

- Recovery Act: No

- Wall Street reform: No

- Medicaid/education extension: No

- Kagan nomination: No

Earmarks: 78 worth $90.8 million; rank: 53 of 100

Examples of earmarks: Moody AFB ($10 million); Georgia Tech ($4 million); Verco Materials ($2.5 million); Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission ($2.4 million); Cerus Corp. ($2.4 million)

Biggest campaign donors: Club for Growth, Southern Co., IntercontinentalExchange Inc., Troutman Sanders, Citigroup

SEN. JOHNNY ISAKSON, R

Missed votes: 67 (11 percent)

Average reported tardiness (days): 1

Percent votes with party: 94

Bills sponsored: 27

Bills made into law: 0

Bills co-sponsored: 241

Co-sponsored bills made into law: 6

Days took to Senate floor: 56

Citizens Against Government Waste vote rating (100 best/0 worst): 96

Opencongress.org">style="bold">Opencongress.org user approval rating (100 best/0 worst): 31

U.S. Chamber of Commerce rating (100 best/0 worst): 86

Votes on key issues:

- Health care: No

- Recovery Act: No

- Wall Street reform: No

- Medicaid/education extension: No

- Kagan nomination: No

Earmarks: 46 worth $65.9 million; rank: 74 of 100

Examples of earmarks: Moody AFB ($10 million); Georgia Tech ($4 million); MARTA ($4 million); Intergraph Corp. ($3.2 million); Scientific Research Corp. ($2.8 million)

Biggest campaign donors: Realogy Corp., Delta Air Lines, AFLAC, Synovus Financial, Southern Co., IntercontinentalExchange Inc., Cox Enterprises

REP. PAUL BROUN (R-ATHENS; 10TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT)

Missed votes: 59 (4 percent)

Average reported tardiness (days): 0

Percent votes with party: 87 percent

Bills sponsored: 28

Bills made into law: 0

Bills co-sponsored: 356

Co-sponsored bills made into law: 8

Days took to House floor: 93

Citizens Against Government Waste vote rating (100 best/0 worst): 100

Opencongress.org">style="bold">Opencongress.org user approval rating (100 best/0 worst): 53

U.S. Chamber of Commerce rating (100 best/0 worst): 73

Votes on key issues:

- Health care: No

- Recovery Act: No

- Wall Street reform: No

- Medicaid/education extension: No

Earmarks: 0

Examples of earmarks: N/A

Biggest campaign donors: AFLAC, Every Republican is Crucial PAC, Dixie Precast, American Association of Clinical Urologists, Safari Club International

REP. JOHN BARROW (D-SAVANNAH; 12TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT)

Missed votes: 22 (2 percent)

Average reported tardiness (days): 4

Percent votes with party: 94

Bills sponsored: 11

Bills made into law: 1

Bills co-sponsored: 283

Co-sponsored bills made into law: 12

Days took to House floor: 16

Citizens Against Government Waste vote rating (100 best/0 worst): 4

Opencongress.org">style="bold">Opencongress.org user approval rating (100 best/0 worst): 40

U.S. Chamber of Commerce rating (100 best/0 worst): 64

Votes on key issues:

- Health care: No

- Recovery Act: No

- Wall Street reform: Yes

- Medicaid/education extension: Yes

Earmarks: 14 worth $5.35 million; rank: 373 of 435

Examples of earmarks: Chatham Area Transit ($2.5 million); city of Atlanta-sewer improvements ($500,000); city of Crawfordville-sewer improvements ($500,000); St. Joseph's Hospital, Savannah ($350,000); Marcus Autism Center, Atlanta ($300,000)

Biggest campaign donors: Southern Co., Joseph M. Still Burn Center, Ressler & Ressler, Reed Elsevier Inc., AFLAC


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