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April 19, 2014

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Heller backs proposal to cut House office budgets

Nevada Rep. Dean Heller announced he’d support Speaker-elect John Boehner’s plan to reduce House members’ office budgets by 5 percent — so much so that he’d do it whether or not the full House approves the change.

“Washington has isolated itself for too long — avoiding difficult decisions that many Americans have to make every day,” Heller said in a statement. “The proposed cuts to congressional office budgets would be a meaningful step towards true fiscal responsibility and would show the American people that no federal spending will be exempt from scrutiny.”

Heller didn’t say how he’d make the changes. There are plenty of options available to him: staff reductions, salary reductions, reduced travel or slashing his own income below the level set by the House.

Boehner’s announcement came Friday; last year Heller offered similar legislation, called the Irresponsible Members Representational Allowance Growth Act, to freeze congressional office budgets.

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