Rep. Walz uses $2,196 from pay hike to pay down national debt

WASHINGTON, D.C. — At the end of the third quarter, Rep. Tim Walz’s office cut the government a check for $2,196 to pay down the national debt. It’s something all House offices are allowed to do with any unspent cash from their operating budgets.

Walz’s donation was a small sum, compared with his $299,000 office expenses, but the check stood out among his colleagues as by far the largest donation of its kind. Not that the Minnesota Democrat had much competition — the only other debt-reduction donation came from Alabama Republican Spencer Bachus, who gave $276.

Walz spokesperson Sara Severs said the money came from his declining a pay increase, which he has done every year since coming to Congress in 2007.

The donation was revealed in the Statement of Disbursements of the House, a quarterly report published online (PDF) for the first time Monday. Previously, the disbursement reports were published in three massive books that had to be viewed in person.

As of this writing, the national debt stands at a little over $12 trillion.

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Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Paul Brandon on 12/02/2009 - 12:18 pm.

    Of course, Tim is one of the few members of Congress who earns more as a member of Congress than he did before he was elected (he was a public school teacher).

  2. Submitted by Nancy Gertner on 12/04/2009 - 01:14 pm.

    I think Congressman Kline should resign, and donate his salary, and that of his staff members. The way he represents his district is to send all their tax money to D.C. for distribution to other districts. His constituents must go to their U.S. Senators to get support for the district. So my thinking is, if Kline isn’t going to represent the people of his district in DC, then he should resign and the money could be better spent elsewhere.

    If Minnesota is going to lose a seat as a result of the 2010 Census, we might as well give it up early and terminate an ineffective congressman. Why pay him and his staff if they aren’t doing the constituent service the residents expect?

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