In keeping with past tradition, Congressman Bill Owens announced today that he will return roughly $75,000 of his 2012 Congressional office budget to the United States Treasury. This marks the fourth consecutive year that Owens has returned surplus office funds to the government.
"Members of Congress must be responsible stewards of their own budget, especially as we look for ways to reduce the deficit and cut federal spending," Owens said. "Effective management is key to making government work better across the board, and I remain fully committed to responsible efforts large and small to get America's fiscal house in order."
In all, Congressman Owens has returned over $400,000 from his house budget. Owens will return the $75,000 in addition to a 6.4% Congressional budget cut enacted with Owens' support last year as part of the 2012 Legislative Branch Appropriations Act.
In addition to trimming his own budget, Owens has cosponsored legislation to cut his own salary, voted twice to freeze cost-of-living-adjustments for Members of Congress, and co-sponsored legislation to block Member pay if budget and appropriations work isn't done on time.