Leading By Example, January 12, 2009
For the eleventh consecutive year, I returned a substantial amount of my office operating budget to the Federal Treasury, bringing the total I have returned as a member of Congress to more than $1 million.
I recognize that a lot of money is going out of the Federal Treasury right now to try and get our economy back on track– so I am pleased to be able to put some back in. I have always tried to manage my office budget as I know western Wisconsin families manage their family budgets. In these trying economic times, I believe it is important that I lead by example and run an efficient but effective congressional office.
I didn’t come to Washington to pass record deficits on to my kids and grandkids. As a young man I served in the office of Senator William Proxmire, and learned the value of fiscal responsibility. I am committed to protecting taxpayer dollars in Congress.