It seems the fiscally conservative Senator from Kentucky is making a statement about his politics as he returns another $480,000 in unused monies to the Treasury, bringing Rand Paul’s total to around $1.8 million of Uncle Sam’s budgetary “cash-ola”. A point, I’m certain, the Republican presidential hopeful will not forget to highlight during his campaign to gain the Republican nomination.
Here’s the press release his office sent out:
Sen. Paul Announces Taxpayer Savings: Returns $480,000 to U.S. Treasury from Office Budget
Has returned $1.8 million since taking office
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Sen. Rand Paul today announced that he has returned $480,000 to the United States Treasury – money unspent from his official operating budget in 2014. He made the announcement while speaking to young professionals this morning in Louisville, Ky.
Since taking office in January 2011, from his Senate office budget, Sen. Paul has returned:
— $1.8 million to the U.S. Treasury in cumulative yearly operating budget savings
— $170,000 more through sequester cuts in 2013
— 17% of his total budget to taxpayers
“Washington has put out-of-control and reckless spending on autopilot and I have pledged to Kentuckians that I will do everything I can to stop it,” said Sen. Paul. “I will continue to lead the fight to rein in government spending, both in my own office budget and my votes in the U.S. Senate.”
Sen. Paul has achieved the savings by asking his staff to do more with less and by taking advantage of technology. Even with the savings, he maintains one of the most active offices on Capitol Hill.
It appears that Senator Paul is serious about taking on the out-of-control spending habits of previous administrations, ensuring that bloated departments learn more about his new “fiscal” diet plan. As he continues to exercise his Senatorial authority, keeping his office “lean and mean”, it certainly seems he is ready to tackle a new fiscal work-out for our entire government, if he manages to get the call.