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First Day In Office, Hanna Votes To Cut Congress’s Spending

Hanna votes to cut spending on first day in office
Jeanette Lenoir, WIBX

Washington, DC (WIBX) – Staying in step with the Republican Majority’s aim to cut spending, Congressman Richard Hanna voted to cut 5% from Congress’s budget.Hanna also voted to reduce his, and other individual members office budgets by 5%, and cut the operating budgets of House committee leadership offices.

Newly elected Speaker of the House John Boehner, (R-OH) called for the cuts and promised to hold weekly votes on cutting addition spending. According to the report the total projected savings amounts to $35.2 million in 2011 alone. When broken down the report shows the cut in the leadership offices would amount to $1 million, committee office cuts would save $8.1 million and cutting members’ office budgets would amount to a savings of $26.1 million.

Hanna said, “While $35 million may not seem like a large sum in Washington, it is symbolic and proves Congress is willing to hold itself to a new standard.” The new Congressman went onto say in a statement, “I look forward to aggressively addressing our nation’s serious fiscal issues and today’s vote is the first of many cost savings I plan to support,” he added. “For too long Washington has enjoyed a culture of spending. I am committed to providing additional oversight and savings for the American people throughout the 112th Congress.”

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