Conservative lawmakers elected to Congress in the Republican wave of 2010 came to Capitol Hill pledging that they would lead by example in cutting spending.
In the 112th Congress, even before House GOP leadership mandated that membersâ€™ office budgets and committee coffers would be slashed first by 5 percent and then by 6.4 percent, many Republican members said they were already envisioning running operations slim on staff, franked mail and interstate travel.
Itâ€™s making the task of adjusting to life under the sequester a bit less of a challenge, they say.
â€œWe came in at a 20 percent reduction the first two years,â€ boasted Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kan., who said his office wonâ€™t see any changes under the sequester. â€œName another class in Congress that cut their budget 20 percent.â€
Sen. Patrick J. Toomey, R-Pa., who also entered office in 2010, said his office, too, has always come in under budget. Perhaps the only difference under the sequester, he said, will be that he cannot return as much money to the Treasury Department to go toward deficit reduction as he would like.
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