Can you find $11,674.65 in John Kline’s spending that you would cut ?
Well, John Kline apparently cannot as he voted NO on an amendment to cut 1% from H.R. 2250 – the appropriation to fund his congressional staff and other legislative functions (the cut would have excluded Capitol Police, the Sergeant at Arms, and partially exempts the Architect of the Capitol).
169 Republicans said YES, we can find a way to skimp by while John Kline, Erik Paulsen, Tom Emmer and 69 other Republicans said we need the money.
Yep, according to House records,
OFFICIAL EXPENSES OF JOHN KLINE
The breakdown is :
FRANKED MAIL $ 102,322.16
PERSONNEL COMPENSATION $ 808,176.26
TRAVEL $ 47,600.31
RENT, COMMUNICATION, UTILITIES $ 98,096.45
PRINTING AND REPRODUCTION $ 49,339.33
OTHER SERVICES $ 37,998.66
SUPPLIES AND MATERIALS $ 22,080.31
EQUIPMENT $ 1,851.80
The proposal was to cut 1% …
Yeah, I know that you probably read that the House voted to cut Amtrak funding by 20% ($250 million) and that the Kline-approved “Blueprint for a Balanced Budget” wants $7.1 trillion cut over ten-years … but somehow John Kline cannot see the need to cut his spending by 1% ?
The 1 percent across-the-board spending reduction would save taxpayers an additional $29 million in budget authority and $25 million in outlays for fiscal year 2016.
Representative Marsha Blackburn (R-TN-07) spoke in behalf of the amendment, saying :
I care about our future, and I want to make certain that we are on solid financial footing. We have a responsibility to be good stewards of the taxpayers’ money. It is their money. Cutting brings forward a lot of emotions. Talking about doing more with less, being resourceful, that is what we should do every single day. In order to be a good steward of the taxpayers’ money, we should want to do more with less.
Gosh … “do more with less” … did Congresswoman Blackburn steal that from Erik Paulsen ?
— Erik Paulsen (@Erik_Paulsen) May 18, 2015
Now, to put that spending into perspective … let’s consider Aaron Schock … who recently resigned after his “lavish” spending was publicized.
In 2014. Congressman Schock spent $1,156,424.38 including only $9,040.89 for Franked Mail.
Yep, “disgraced” Congressman Schock spent less while John “Minnesotans need to know that their tax dollars are being spent wisely” Kline spent more.
FYI : Erik Paulsen spent $40,660.25 in Franked Mail out of his $1,081,203.81.
Too bad that Erik Paulsen could not find $10,812.38 to cut from his budget to hit the 1% target.
Readers of the Roundtable may recall that Aaron Schock had been featured long before the spending scandal broke (March 15, 2014) :
For years, Representative Schock used taxpayer dollars to mail congratulatory letters — and suitable-for-framing certificates of “special congressional recognition” — to every high school graduate in his district. Representative Schock explained why he honors graduates with certificates. “I think that graduating high school is an educational milestone for a young student that deserves recognition and encouragement. There are many families whose son or daughter’s graduation is the first time a family member has graduated.” Since the teens are new or soon-to-be-voters, Representative Schock sends them voter registration forms too.
Readers may recall that John Kline picked up the “Congratulations on your graduation” and mailed a “Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition” using government funds.
“This mailing was prepared, published, and mailed at taxpayer expense,” it noted.
Sending these to every family in his district must have cost thousand of dollars. Was it really necessary?
These certificates, Tele-town hall meetings, and mass mailings are all being paid by the taxpayers … all with the same intent – to promote the Congressman for re-election.
So, the next time you get one of those mailing that say “Washington needs to do more with less” or that “John Kline is leading the way”, remember that they voted to keep spending your money on their messaging.