Imagine that… a third of a billion dollars saved if everyone in Congress followed the lead of Senator Rand Paul:

from Politico:

Sen. Rand Paul is taking his own message of fiscal conservatism to heart,  returning about 17 percent of his Senate office budget to the U.S. Treasury.

“It’s the only budget I control,” Paul (R-Ky.) said on Wednesday at a news  conference in Louisville, Ky., according to a Thursday report in The Courier-Journal, a Louisville-based  publication. “It’s not enough, but it’s a start.”

Paul, who is set to return $600,000 from his $3.5 million  office budget, has returned six-figure sums before.

The libertarian-leaning lawmaker said his office scrutinizes spending from  big-ticket items like travel, down to “computers, paper, ink cartridges.  Everything we buy,” the report said.

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