In the second installment of Senator Russ Feingold’s “Spotlight on Spending” series, Sen. Feingold is highlighting how cutting spending on Congressional offices could help reduce the federal budget deficit:
“After the Thanksgiving feast, Americans often make a real effort to ‘tighten their belts,’” Feingold said. “In that spirit, and in the face of record deficits, Congress should do the same. Trimming congressional office budgets won’t eliminate our tremendous deficit, but it is a clear signal to the American people that we are serious about addressing our record deficit. Last month, I returned nearly $270,000 of my office budget to the Treasury. This is something I do every year and an important way for members of Congress to show leadership in curbing spending.”
Sen. Feingold’s legislation estimates a $54 million per year reduction in the federal deficit if all House and Senate office allocations were cut by five percent.
I know detractors will say, “But this only cuts $54 million! That’s just a drop in the big bucket that is the federal budget deficit!” While $54 million here and $30 million there certainly doesn’t seem like much, but it would seem to me that every little bit helps when it comes to reducing the federal budget deficit.