U.S. Senate: Bob Corker
When Bob Corker began his career in the Senate, he was anything but fiscally responsible. He supported debt ceiling hikes, a minimum wage increase and the bank bailout scheme.
Then Corker changed. Over the past three years, he has been one of the most fiscally responsible members of the United States Senate.
Sen. Corker has been a leader on the issue of earmark reform, refusing to accept earmarks and supporting legislation that would effectively end the earmarking process.
He voted against the stimulus and the auto bailout.
Corker won “Taxpayer Friend” awards from the National Taxpayers Union in both 2010 and 2011. In its most recent annual congressional ratings, Citizens Against Government Waste named Corker a “hero” for, among other things, voting against state bailouts and more increases to the debt ceiling, and for voting to extend tax cuts.
In 2011, Corker voted against every single appropriations bill, citing concerns about the debt and increased spending at a time when the country could not afford it.
This year, Tennessee’s junior senator became the national leader of the “CAP Act” legislation that would set an across-the-board, binding cap limiting all federal spending. This commonsense approach to injecting fiscal restraint into the federal budget is one of the most promising ideas to help address America’s out-of-control spending and mounting federal debt.
Corker is one of the senate’s leading lights for fiscal solvency, and he is a champion for reducing the national debt and reining in untenable entitlement programs.