Today U.S. Congressman Dean Heller (R-NV) announced his support for Speaker-Elect John Boehner's efforts to reduce Members' office budgets by 5%. Also known as the Members Representational Allowance (MRA), Heller has been an advocate of a congressional office budget freeze and introduced the Reduction of Irresponsible MRA Growth Act (H.R. 3189) on July 13, 2009.
"I commend the Speaker-Elect for recognizing that Members of Congress need to lead by example. Washington has isolated itself for too long -- avoiding difficult decisions that many Americans have to make every day. The proposed cuts to congressional office budgets would be a meaningful step towards true fiscal responsibility and would show the American people that no federal spending will be exempt from scrutiny. I am pleased to join Speaker-Elect Boehner's effort and will cut my budget by 5% regardless of the vote outcome," said Heller.
Speaker-Elect John Boehner announced today he plans bring up a vote to cut the budgets of House leaders, committees and member allowances by 5% early in the 112th Congress. The Reduction of Irresponsible MRA Growth Act (H.R. 3189), which has bipartisan support, was introduced by Congressman Heller to prevent the MRA from increasing during times of high unemployment and public debt.