Congressman Tim Griffin (AR-02) issued the following statement regarding the impact sequestration has had on his Congressional budget:
"As a result of the sequester, I've had to make some tough decisions and prioritize my office's budget. This third reduction follows two previous rounds of budget cuts taken in the past two years. But even with these cuts, I returned funds to the U.S. Treasury in both 2011 and 2012 by spending less than what I was allocated. Like most Arkansans, I know we must get Washington's spending addiction under control because it is stifling opportunity and making it harder for folks to find jobs."
In 2011, House Republicans cut their own annual budgets by five percent. In 2012, they reduced budgets by an additional 6.4 percent. Combined, these cuts reduced members' spending authorizations below 2008 levels. As a result of the sequester, which took effect on March 1, 2013, House budgets were reduced by an additional 8.2 percent. By comparison, overall non-defense discretionary spending by the Executive Branch increased 16.7 percent from 2008 to 2013.