Congressman Jim Jordan (R-OH) today announced that his was the second-lowest-spending office in Congress in 2012. The only office to spend less was that of the First District of the State of Washington, which was vacant between March 20th and the November election.
According to the Statement of Disbursements recently released by the U.S. House of Representatives, Jordan's office spent only $832,054 of the $1,313,374 he was allocated in 2012, returning over $480,000, or about 37% of his budget to the Treasury.
"Because I have been fighting so hard to balance the federal budget and get spending under control, I think it is important to lead by example," Jordan said. "You can provide good public service while being respectful of taxpayers' money, and I think our actions prove that."
Congressional offices are allocated between $1.3 million and $1.8 million per year for expenses like salaries, rent, travel and communications. In 2012, the average Congressional office spent 90.85% of its budgeted allowance, while Jordan's office spent merely 63.35%.
"We have been working to cut our budget for the past several years in order to be responsible stewards of taxpayer dollars. Government can always scale back and do more with less," Jordan added.
Jordan's and other Congressional offices will take an 8.2% budget cut this year as a result of the recent sequester. This is in addition to an 11% cut they have taken over the past two years.