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WASHINGTON, D.C. —  U.S. Senator John Thune has been awarded the National Taxpayers Union (NTU) 2009 Taxpayers' Friend Award, based on a comprehensive rating of his voting record on tax, trade, regulatory, and fiscal policy. NTU, a nonprofit, nonpartisan citizen group whose mission is to work toward lower taxes and smaller government at all levels, has over 1,000 members in South Dakota.

"It is a great honor to receive this award from the National Taxpayers Union," said Thune. "South Dakotans are fiscally responsible Americans who expect their elected officials to work for lower taxes and a more efficient government-I am pleased to join NTU in this effort. As our federal government continues to rapidly grow in size and scope, I remain committed to decreasing government's heavy hand in the checkbooks of South Dakota families and businesses."

The 2009 Taxpayers' Friend Award was given through the NTU's Congressional rating, in which Senators were rated on 227 roll call votes cast in the 1st Session of the 111th Congress. Thune earned an "A" grade and was the only member of the South Dakota delegation to receive the award.

"While other Senators talked about fiscal responsibility last year, Senator Thune backed up the talk with action," commented NTU Executive Vice President Pete Sepp. "Thune's voting record in 2009 demonstrated his commitment to reining in reckless spending. NTU is grateful for Senator Thune's vital efforts to defend taxpayers from an out-of-control government. If more Members of Congress worked as hard as Senator Thune did last year to reduce taxes and spending, our nation's balance sheet would be far better off today," Sepp concluded.