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This week, Rep. Mark Sanford (R-S. Car.) returned over 25 percent of his congressional office budget to the U.S. Treasury. Sanford said in a press release Thursday:
I have long believed that those in government need to spend taxpayer dollars as they would spend their own, both carefully and deliberately. Too often in government there is a distance between what a bureaucrat might spend money on and what a taxpayer would. Our office approaches this fundamental question from the side of the taxpayer and I believe our end-of-year surplus reflects that.
Today I am pleased to announce that our office returned $231,140.30 or 28.8% of the taxpayer dollars provided to our office by the House of Representatives for 2013.
Sanford is not alone among libertarian-leaning Republicans in trying to save taxpayer dollars by returning significant portions of their allotted budgets.
In 2011, Sen. Paul’s father Congressman Ron Paul returned $140,000 of his budget, $100,000 in 2010 and $90,000 in 2009.
Like Sanford, both Senator and Congressman Paul sought to get Washington to reduce spending through leading by example.
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