A consumer watchdog group praised 17 members of the 100th Congress for "standing up to the lobbyists" of special interest groups but criticized 31 other members, including vice presidential candidate Dan Quayle.
Public Citizen Congress Watch, founded by Ralph Nader as a consumer and environmental advocacy organization, said 15 House members and two senators earned perfect pro-consumer scores because they "voted for the interest of the little guy" on every key consumer, worker and environmental vote tracked.Another 59 House members and seven senators voted "for the little guy and against the wishes of the powerful Washington lobby groups" more than 90 percent of the time.
Those given failing grades for what the group said was paying more attention to big business and special interest lobbies included three Utah Republican lawmakers - Sens. Jake Garn and Orrin Hatch and Rep. James Hansen.
Public Citizen President Joan Claybrook said the group selected 13 votes in the House and 18 votes in the Senate for the 100th Congress.