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Issue Position: Fiscal Responsibility Begins at Home

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Since coming to Congress Leonard Lance has always tried to provide the people of New Jersey's Seventh Congressional District with the best possible constituent service at the least possible cost to taxpayers.

To this end Leonard Lance recently returned more than $113,000 from his 2011 congressional office budget to the U.S. Treasury. The sum is nearly 10 percent of his entire office operating budget.

Members of Congress cannot seriously talk about deficit reduction without first operating their own office budgets in a fiscally conservative manner," Lance said.

Continuing to make good on his promise to cut federal spending, Leonard also voted to extend the pay freeze for some 2.3 million federal workers, including members of Congress and their congressional staffs, through 2013.

Leonard Lance has a record of reducing spending on legislative operations in Washington -- twice voting to slash congressional office budgets by 6.4 percent in fiscal year 2012 and 5.2 percent in fiscal year 2011.

"It is my hope that this action will send an appropriate message that fiscal responsibility begins at home," Lance said.

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