Congressman Rand Paul has started a tradition of returning his unused office funds to the federal government. Most recently it was a check for $600,000, which is more than a fifth of his entire operating budget.
Sen. Rand Paul cut another six-figure check to the United States Treasury Wednesday, taking the money he said he didn’t need from his office’s budget to make a tiny dent in the nation’s massive federal debt.
"We watch every purchase," Paul, a Republican from Kentucky, said at an event next to an oversized check for $600,000. "We watch what computers we buy, what paper we buy, the ink cartridges. We treat the money like it’s our money, or your money, and we look at every expenditure."
The $600,000 reflects more than 20% of Paul’s annual office budget, according to a press release.
Last year Paul returned $500,000 to the Treasury, and said he hoped other members of Congress would follow his cost-cutting lead. In total, Paul’s office says they’ve returned $1.1 million that was unspent from his office’s operating budget.
Yes, $600,000 is only 0.0000000363% of our nations debt but it’s this kind of honesty that has endeared Paul to millions and makes him (already) one of the front runners to receive the Republican presidential nomination in 2016. Let’s hope that more congressmen and senators follow his lead.