Washington, DC–(ENEWSPF)–July 17, 2015. Today, Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth (IL-08) announced that she is returning $65,793.51 in office congressional funds for 2014. Rep. Duckworth has now given back a total of $179,712.05 to the taxpayers since taking office in 2013.
“As Members of Congress, we lead by example,” said Duckworth. “With so many working families still trying to make ends meet, it is our responsibility to make sure every tax dollar is being put to good use and it must begin in our own congressional offices.”
Duckworth has made accountability a priority since taking office.
Just this week, Duckworth, Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI), Rep. Reid Ribble (R-WI) and Rep. Pat Tiberi (R-OH) introduced H.R. 3077, the Giveback Deficit Reduction Act. The bill would codify the requirement that all unspent allowances for Members of Congress be returned to the Treasury at the end of year, to be used for deficit reduction.
In February 2013, Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth took an 8.4% pay reduction, the same percentage that most discretionary programs were cut as a result of the sequester. In total, she gave back more than $10,000 to the U.S. Treasury to help reduce the debt. She was the first Member of Congress to do so.