Rand Paul returns $500K in office budget to Treasury

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    Jan 12, 2012 11:35 PM GMT
    http://www.politico.com/blogs/on-congress/2012/01/rand-paul-returns-k-in-office-budget-to-treasury-110637.html

    Freshman Sen. Rand Paul is making good on his promise to cut federal spending. 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.

    The half million dollars represents about 16 percent of Paul’s annual budget. He contended no senator had returned as much to taxpayers, though at least two senators disputed that claim. An aide to Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) said his office returned $636,036 in unspent money to the Treasury in Fiscal Year 2010 and another $503,161 in 2011.

    “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.

    “I hope this sets an example for the rest of government — at all levels,” he added. “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.”

    Paul is the son of GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul and co-founded the Senate tea party caucus. As the younger Paul stumped for his father in Iowa and New Hampshire, there’s been plenty of speculation that Rand Paul could launch a presidential bid of his own in 2016.
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    Jan 13, 2012 12:43 AM GMT
    What's the total budget?
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    Jan 13, 2012 12:44 AM GMT
    Awesome!
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    Jan 13, 2012 1:05 AM GMT
    Christian73 saidWhat's the total budget?


    $3-5 million depending on the state. Considering that Rand has been more productive than most Senators in terms of impact - that's pretty impressive - a 10% cut in the overall US budget would go a long ways.
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    Jan 13, 2012 1:09 AM GMT
    Christian73 saidWhat's the total budget?

    The article said the returned money was 16% of annual budget, so the annual budget was $3.13 million.
    But I don't understand, what if less money is apportioned to him for pork barrel next year, since apparently he got too much money this year in time of recession?
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    Jan 13, 2012 1:10 AM GMT
    He'd be a real winner if he remembered to thank the people who gave him the money in the first place:

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    Old but still relevant.
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    Jan 13, 2012 1:24 AM GMT
    riddler78 said
    Christian73 saidWhat's the total budget?


    $3-5 million depending on the state. Considering that Rand has been more productive than most Senators in terms of impact - that's pretty impressive - a 10% cut in the overall US budget would go a long ways.


    How are you measuring productivity?