Kinzinger More Frugal with Taxpayer Dollars than Manzullo in Just One Year

From the campaign to re-elect Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R, Illinois 16th District)…

Kinzinger returns over 70 percent more in taxpayer dollars from congressional office budget than veteran Manzullo

NEW LENOX, IL – According to an analysis by the Chicago Tribune, Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) proves to be one of the top budget hawks among the entire Illinois delegation with his own office budget, ranking at the top of the delegation for amount returned in taxpayer dollars in just his first year in office.

Each year congressional offices have a budget in which they use to pay staff salary, maintain their offices in Washington, D.C. and Illinois, and cover costs for day-to-day operations. Shortly after Kinzinger and his freshman class were elected, one of their first orders of business was to flat out cut Congress’ budget by 5 percent.

Kinzinger continues to lead by example as he returned $180,000 of taxpayer money in his first term; second to only Congressmen Joe Walsh and Jerry Costello who returned $190,000. In addition, Kinzinger returned over 70 percent more in taxpayer dollars than his opponent, Don Manzullo.

“Over the past several years, American families have had to tighten their belt and learn to do more with less– it’s high time Washington does the same,” said Kinzinger. “The culture of Washington must be changed from the ground up. Over the last several months, my freshman classmates and I have been fighting to shake things up in Washington and change the conversation from how much to spend to how much to cut.

“While we successfully cut Congress’ budget by 5 percent, I know that more can be cut, which is why I am proud to return an additional 12.5 percent from my office’s budget.”

The Tribune story also shows that Don Manzullo has on average returned about $80,000 per year. In just one year, Congressman Kinzinger returned more than double this total amount, proving to be a true guardian of taxpayer dollars.

“We must have strong, fiscally conservative voices in Washington who will vote against the status quo,” Kinzinger continued. “We must tackle our debt head on and eliminate unnecessary spending – a good place to start is cutting back on office budgetary wants. Federal spending continues to grow by the trillions despite a debt burden that has reached levels previously thought impossible, undermining the dollar and our place in the global market. The result is more economic uncertainty that the nation cannot afford.

“I was sent to Washington to cut spending and shrink the size of government to make it more efficient and effective. Now is the time to do what you sent us here to do. We must continue to make the bold but necessary budget cuts that will refuel our economy and leave future generations with the same opportunities many of us have been blessed with.”

Adam Kinzinger is a freshman serving in the United States Congress. He was sworn into Congress in January 2011 and was named to the Energy and Commerce Committee, the House Transition Team and is a Republican Deputy Whip. Kinzinger also serves in the Air National Guard, while in Congress, with the current rank of Captain.

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