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2/15/2013 10:48:00 AM
Duncan to return funds to the taxpayers
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South Carolina Congressman Jeff Duncan has announced that he would be returning a significant portion of his office budget to the taxpayers for the second year in a row. The congressman says his wish is that the returned funds be used to pay down the national debt.

Duncan announced that his office would be returning around $200,000 or 15.2% of his overall budget. That figure is on top of a mandatory 11.1% cumulative cut to all Congressional Offices over the past two years.

“I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I try to run this office the same way I ran my small business" said Duncan. "It’s important to apply to our Congressional Office the same common sense principles that we all use to manage our homes and our businesses. If the entire federal government did that, we wouldn’t be $16.5 trillion in debt.”

Last year, Duncan joined several of his colleagues in a press conference where they collectively returned a total of over $1.4 million in unused office funds. 

“By operating within a budget, my office was able to cut spending again this year,” said Duncan. "Our country’s balance sheet shows what happens when we fail to live within our means. It’s been 1387 days since the Senate has passed a budget. During that time the national debt has increased by trillions of dollars. If individuals, families, and businesses can all use budgets to balance spending, why can’t the federal government?”



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Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, February 16, 2013
Article comment by: Steve (Doc) Gambrell

I must agree with Nicole McCary---How will these funds be returned to the taxpayer? Will the money be distributed from an "as-needed" fund? Returned to the states?
I see a lot of anti-Obama material coming from the Duncan camp. As far as I'm concerned, Duncan is allowing his hatred of Obama to dictate his policy. Why go to a gun store to lecture on the 2nd amendment? Why not find some Quakers? Duncan, dude, you go govern, OK? Do as your constituents would have you do, stay in Washington, and we'll see to it that you have enough work to do, to earn your salary. Now is not the time for political grandstanding. Now is the time for you Republicans to find somebody to run against Ms. Hilary. Obama will prove to be a bee sting, when you guys get steamrollered by the Clinton crowd.


Posted: Friday, February 15, 2013
Article comment by: Nicole McCary

How are the funds being returned to the taxpayers?

Posted: Friday, February 15, 2013
Article comment by: Billy Johnson

I would like to ask mr duncan what the national debt was before gw bush took over. If republicans want to cut spending why do they not want to cut all the tax dollars going to the oil companies. The oil companies exported more oil last year than they have in 40 years. 99% of the oil our country needs is being produced right here in our country but they sell it off to other countries while operating their refineries at less than 75%. I don't blame them, if I had two cows and sold milk I would just milk one of them each day also. I don't like Dems either so that may save some of you thinking that. Why doesn't congress cut their benefits to help spending instead of wanting to kill the middle class and the poor. I once prepared tax returns and the rich get away with so much. I have never worked anywhere that the owner did not run personal expenses through the company, so the rich are getting additional tax cuts above what Mr Duncan is wanting to give them.



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