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Duncan returns funds from his operating budget to the taxpayers
web posted February 15, 2013
WASHINGTON, DC – South Carolina
Congressman Jeff Duncan announced Thursday that he would be returning a
significant portion of his office budget to the taxpayers for the
second year in a row. Duncan’s wish is that the returned funds be used
to pay down the national debt.
Duncan announced that his office would be returning around $200,000 or
15.2% of his overall budget. That figure is on top of a mandatory 11.1%
cumulative cut to all Congressional Offices over the past two years.
“I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I try to run this office
the same way I ran my small business. It’s important to apply to our
Congressional Office the same common sense principles that we all use
to manage our homes and our businesses. If the entire federal
government did that, we wouldn’t be $16.5 trillion in debt.”
Last year, Duncan joined several of his colleagues in a press
conference where they collectively returned a total of over $1.4
million in unused office funds.
“By operating within a budget, my office was able to cut spending again
this year,” said Duncan.
“Our country’s balance sheet shows what happens when we fail to live
within our means. It’s been 1387 days since the Senate has passed a
budget. During that time the national debt has increased by trillions
of dollars. If individuals, families, and businesses can all use
budgets to balance spending, why can’t the federal government?”
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