WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., was recognized Wednesday by the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste for his work to increase government accountability by exposing waste and reining in spending.

Flake, long known for his frugal approach to government spending, said he was pleasantly surprised by the news. “Who knew they gave out awards to cheapskates like me?” Flake said. “I appreciate CCAGW’s vigilance against wasteful government spending, and I look forward to continuing our work to hold the federal government accountable.”

Council for Citizens Against Government Waste President Tom Schatz issued a statement congratulating Flake on his award and commending him for his long record of fiscal discipline. “We applaud and wholeheartedly thank Sen. Flake for his tireless work on behalf of the taxpayers while serving in Congress. Sen. Flake’s courageous work to expose wasteful spending in his annual Wastebook and his consistent fiscally conservative voting record should serve as an example to other members, encouraging them to make good on promises to protect the fiscal interests of American taxpayers. We have no doubt that Sen. Flake will continue to help lead the effort to end wasteful spending and reduce the growing national debt. His constituents should be very proud of him,” Schatz said.

Flake has previously been honored as a “taxpayer super hero” seven times, achieving a perfect 100 percent score in 2004, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2012 as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, and in 2013 while serving in the U.S. Senate.

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