Herrera Beutler Votes to Cut Her Own Budget
Endeavors to Set Fiscally Responsible Example, Save Taxpayer Money
Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA-03) today voted to reduce her own office budget by five percent.
Herrera Beutler voted for a resolution introduced by Rep. Greg Walden (OR-02) to cut the operating budgets of House Committees, leadership offices and individual Members’ of Congress budgets by five percent. The measure, which passed by a vote of 410-13, will immediately save taxpayers $35 million. Herrera Beutler issued the following statement:
“Residents of Southwest Washington are making tremendous sacrifices in this difficult economic climate, and I ran for office with a mission to cut federal spending; it’s only fair for Congress to lead by example. I don’t believe Congress, or any other federal department, should live in a different reality than the rest of America. If we in Congress make a habit of saving money, it will significantly help this economy begin to create jobs again. This is just one small step toward reducing our federal deficit and letting taxpayers and small businesses save more of their money to start-up, expand and hire people.”