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When freshman Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) was elected in 2010, he promised to cut federal spending.
It looks like he’s making good on his promise.
“The Kentucky Republican and tea-party favorite said Thursday he’s returning $500,000 to the U.S. Treasury – money from his operating budget that his office never spent,” writes Scott Wong of Politico, and “he contends no senator has returned as much to taxpayers.”
How does he do it? Some would say frugality.
“We look at all of our office expenses. We look at the coffee pot to the computers bought and we try to buy things as if it were our money we were spending, or your money that we were spending, and our goal is not to spend all of it, our goal is to save some of it,” Paul said.
If Congress offered incentives for lawmakers and staff to cut budgets, the
could save $130 million annually, Paul added.
“I ran to stop the reckless spending. And I ran to end the damaging process of elected officials acting as errand boys, competing to see who could bring back the biggest check and the most amount of pork,” Paul said at a news conference in Louisville, where he presented taxpayers with a massive mock check for $500,000…
Source: The Blaze