Today Congressman Mo Brooks (R-AL) cast his vote in support of H.Res.22, a resolution to cut Congressional office budgets by five percent. H.Res.22 passed the House with 233 Republican votes.
Congressman Brooks supported H.Res.22 because, he said, it is "important to understand the gravity of our country's financial situation." Cutting the 112th Congress' budget "shows we're serious about the promises we've made to the American people. When I ran for office, I vowed to cut federal spending. Now that I'm elected, the best place to start is with myself."
The cuts will apply to Congressman Brooks' office budget and all other member budgets, as well as committees and leadership offices. The resolution should save taxpayers $35.2 million in FY 2011, according to Congressman Greg Walden (R-OR), chairman of the Majority Transition Team. "We have to reduce the money we're spending right now," said Brooks. "We're leaving our children a legacy of debt."