Conservative House Members Return $1.4 Million From Office Budgets

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012 and is filed under Blog

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Today, 8 conservative House members sent a letter to Speaker John Boehner announcing that they will return $1.435 million in savings from their House offices.  The money that was returned  ranged from $145,000 to $300,000 per office.

Now, we all understand that in terms of dollars and cents, this is merely pocket change relative to the federal deficit.  Nonetheless, it shows a high level of sincerity from these members, who are willing to lead by example.

Congressional staffers, unlike most executive branch workers, are often underpaid, even though they work long hours.  Republicans already agreed to a 5% across-the-board cut for staff salaries.  So this is not just a gratuitous empty gesture on the part of these members.

Here are the names of the signators to the letter:  Reps. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.), Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.), Raul Labrador (R-Id), Jeff Landry (R-La), Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C), Steve Southerland (R-Fla.), Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) and Kevin Yoder (R-Kan).