Frugal Senators Are Returning Portions Of Their Budgets To The Treasury

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The US Senate offices have managed to save up about $64 million over 2009 and 2010 fiscal years and have returned the funds to the US Treasury, reported Scott Wong for POLITICO.

These savings seem to be a bipartisan effort as senate Republicans have returned about 11.7 per cent of their $269 million in available office funds and Democrats have returned about 8.3 per cent of their $390 million during the two fiscal yearsreported the article based on “analysis of salaries, travel, rent, supplies and other expenses” listed in the secretary of the senate report published on November 14, 2011.

In the past, the frugal practices of senators would go quietly unnoticed, but Sen. Rand Paul wanted his constituents to know exactly what role he was playing in reducing the deficit and shared his accomplishments of saving $500,000 with the public by calling a press conference as well as by issuing a press release. The press release, accompanied by a photo of Rand Paul presenting taxpayers with an oversized check, read: 

Rand Paul Senator Taxpayers check

Photo: paul.senate.gov

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul today announced that he is returning $500,000 to the United States Treasury – money unspent from his official operating budget. The total amount being returned is more than 16 per cent of Paul’s original office budget. As far as is known, no U.S. Senator has returned as much to taxpayers.

“I hope this sets an example for the rest of government – at all levels,” said Paul. “We can carry out our duties in a fiscally responsible way. Government can be both smart and efficient. We are proving that – and trying to convince the rest of Washington.”

Sen. Paul’s office might not know this but there are senators who have actually returned more than 16 per cent to the treasury, as pointed out by POLITICO. As of writing of this post, Sen. Paul’s office had yet to correct this statement on their website.

Richard Shelby (R-Alabama)

authorised: $6.26 million

Returned: $2.66 million

Percentage: 42.58%

Source: POLITICO

Daniel Akaka (D-Hawaii)

authorised: $6.45 million

Returned: $2.21 million

Percentage: 34.26%

Source: POLITICO

Jim Risch (R-Idaho)

authorised: $5.48 million

Returned: $1.38 million

Percentage: 25.11%

Source: POLITICO

Sheldon Whitehouse (D-Rhode Island)

authorised: $6.16 million

Returned: $1.45 million

Percentage: 23.58%

Source: POLITICO

Mike Enzi (R-Wyoming)

authorised: $6.19 million

Returned: $1.45 million

Percentage: 23.45%

Source: POLITICO

Jeanne Shaheen (D-New Hampshire)

authorised: $5.44 million

Returned: $1.21 million

Percentage: 22.27%

Source: POLITICO

Mike Johanns (R-Nebraska)

authorised: $5.47 million

Returned: $1.17 million

Percentage: 21.34%

Source: POLITICO

John Barrasso (R-Wyoming)

authorised: $6.19 million

Returned: $1.19 million

Percentage: 19.17%

Source: POLITICO

Ben Cardin (D-Maryland)

authorised: $6.38 million

Returned: $1.22 million

Percentage: 19.17%

Source: POLITICO

Herb Kohl (D-Wisconsin)

authorised: $6.42 million

Returned: $1.16 million

Percentage: 18.01%

Source: POLITICO

Orrin Hatch (R-Utah)

authorised: $6.23 million

Returned: $1.12 million

Percentage: 17.93%

Source: POLITICO

Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont)

authorised: $6.16 million

Returned: $1.07 million

Percentage: 17.35%

Source: POLITICO

Mark Warner (D-Virginia)

authorised: $5.92 million

Returned: $1.02 million

Percentage: 17.27%

Source: POLITICO

Tom Coburn (R-Oklahoma)

authorised: $6.25 million

Returned: $1.04 million

Percentage: 16.72%

Source: POLITICO

John McCain (R-Arizona)

authorised: $6.59 million

Returned: $1.10 million

Percentage: 16.63%

Source: POLITICO

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