VIDEO: WASHINGTON REPORT-House GOP Plans Vote on 5% Office Spending Cut


Guam – Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo’s offices in DC and Guam may have to do some belt-tightening, amid a planned GOP House vote to cut Congressional office allowances.

The vote on a GOP resolution to pare office spending could come as early as this week. Republicans plan no legislative blitz in the first few days of their House takeover.

But they will start off with a largely symbolic full reading aloud of the U-S Constitution, and a vote on a 5 % cut in Congressional office spending.

Congressman Madeleine Bordallo’s office says it received nearly $1.6 million for operations in 2010, most of it for salaries and travel. $865-thousand, or 54 % went for payroll. 12%, or nearly $200-thousand went for travel expenses.

Staff, travel, food, mail, communications if directly related to representing the district can be paid from the “member’s representational allowance” or MRA. And that could mean some “belt tightening,” even though a 5 % cut is only about $80-thousand a year for the office. 

Other reductions are expected in Committee funding and for democrats’ panel staffs, by virtue of their reduced house numbers, which could force a game of musical chairs as offices, try to reabsorb panel staffers.