Ross Returns More Than Half of a Million Dollars to the Treasury
WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb. 9, 2017 – U.S. Rep. Dennis A. Ross (FL-15), Senior Deputy Majority Whip, released the following statement after returning $171,000 of his 2016 Congressional office budget to the U.S. Treasury, totaling more than $635,000 since he first took office:
“If every day, hardworking Americans can live responsibly and on tight budgets, there is no reason our federal government cannot do the same, especially when it is spending taxpayer dollars. Like my neighbors back home, I sit down at the beginning of each year to plan a responsible budget for my office that only uses funds that are absolutely necessary to provide exceptional constituent services and updates about the work I am doing for those I represent.
“Throughout my six years in Congress, I have returned more than half of a million dollars of my budget back to the U.S. Treasury. As I demand good stewardship of taxpayer dollars by the entire federal government, my office works diligently to not waste a penny of taxpayer money. We must demonstrate that federal entities can all do more with less, which is why I make sure to work under budget and return excess money every year. I am deeply honored to represent the 15th District of Florida, and I will continue to operate on a conservative, smart budget throughout my time serving in Congress.”
Ross has also introduced and co-sponsored multiple bills to eliminate waste, such as requiring remaining amounts in Members' fiscal year office budgets be used for deficit or federal debt reduction, requiring the Office of Personnel Management to submit an annual report to Congress relating to the use of “Official Time” by federal employees to perform union activities during the official workday, and requiring each federal government department and agency to justify every line item in their budgets to ensure all programs receive appropriate and frugal funding levels.
Each Member’s Congressional office budget, also known as the Members’ Representational Allowance (MRA), is used by Representatives to support their official and representational duties. The office budget may be used for official expenses such as staff salaries, mail, office equipment and other office supplies.