Congressman Jim Himes (CT-4) today helped pass a resolution that will cut Congress' budget by five percent. Himes has taken an active role in efforts to reduce government spending and today highlighted the need for shared sacrifice to put the country on a path toward fiscal sustainability.
"I'm proud to have cast my vote in favor of reducing congressional spending," said Himes. "The years to come will demand sacrifice of all of us, and Congress should lead."
Himes is a founding member of the Spending Cuts and Deficit Reduction Work Group, which last year introduced legislation to cut over $70 billion from the federal books. He also voted against over $200 billion in new spending in 2010. Himes has expressed support for the work of the President's Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform and is pushing Congress to consider some form the Commission's recent proposal.
"Our country's future prosperity depends on our actions now to reduce the federal deficit," said Himes. "This will require tough choices and difficult changes, and it's important that the American people understand we will share that sacrifice and are serious about the work ahead."
In addition to his legislative efforts, Himes has reduced spending in his own operations. In 2009, he did not accept the pay raise he was automatically granted, instead giving the money to three local charities, and in 2010 cosponsored and helped pass the new law that ended the practice of automatic pay raises for Members of Congress. In 2009, Himes returned over $90,000 of left-over operating funds to the taxpayers.