Idaho politics: Labrador returns $300,000 in office expenses

First Congressional District Rep. Raul Labrador says he will return $300,000 from his office budget for 2010-11, asking that the money be applied to debt reduction.

Labrador, R-Idaho, joined seven other first-term House members, who asked House Speaker John Boehner to apply nearly $1.5 million in office expenses to the debt.

Said Labrador: “With a mounting national debt exceeding $15.3 trillion and a troubled financial outlook ahead, we must remain committed to not only saying something, but also doing something.”

Here is the Labrador news release:

(WASHINGTON, D.C). — Congressman Raúl Labrador (ID-01) participated in a press conference today with fellow conservative freshman members to request Speaker John Boehner direct their offices’ leftover funds of nearly $1.5 million to pay down the national debt. Congressman Labrador will return approximately $300,000 or 21 percent of the money his office was allotted for Fiscal Year 2011.

In a letter addressed to Speaker Boehner, eight conservative freshman members said: “We understand that regular order prescribes the unused portions of our MRAs to languish in a shared fund for two years before being transferred to the Treasury. Following this procedure at a time when our public debt surpasses the size of our very economy makes little fiscal sense and is a poor representation of this House’s commitment to fiscal responsibility.”

Joining Congressman Labrador in his request are: Congressman Jeff Duncan (SC-03), Congressman Tim Huelskamp (KS-01), Congressman Jeff Landry (LA-03), Congressman Mick Mulvaney (SC-05), Congressman Steve Southerland (FL-02), Congressman Joe Walsh (IL-08) and Congressman Kevin Yoder (KS-03). The average amount returned was $181,500, or 12.63 percent, of the members’ budgets.

“With a mounting national debt exceeding $15.3 trillion and a troubled financial outlook ahead, we must remain committed to not only saying something, but also doing something,” Congressman Labrador said. “Because we are honored to serve our constituents in the U.S. Congress, we are called to lead by example. It is my hope that many more of my colleagues will join us in our efforts to pay down our national debt and restore the American Dream for generations to come.”

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A politician who cares

Labrador wants to work with the people. We need more tea party people.

how much

did he end up spending on family members?

You are one .....

frigging jerk.

We sent the right guy back there!

Walking the talk is how we want our representatives to do, I'm very proud of how he is representing us. Every Idahoan should be as well, he's going to force change to a broken system. Regardless of party affiliation, you have to respect his dicipline and tenacity!