Today, Congressman Mike Turner (OH-3) announced that his office saved roughly $165,000 of his 2011 Member Representational Allowance (MRA) and that he will be returning these funds to the U.S. Treasury. Turner’s office MRA as designated by the U.S. House of Representatives for 2011 was just over $1.4 million. This means that Turner did not spend all of the funds allotted to his office and has returned 11.6% of his MRA.

“In a time of budget constraints in our Government, Congressional offices should also be tightening their belts. This year I will be returning roughly $165,000 to the Treasury. I am proud that my office has continued to provide top-notch services to my constituents while being a good steward of their tax dollars,” said Turner.

Congressman Turner has returned a portion of his House allocated MRA every year he has been in office. This year’s return of 11.6% of his budget comes at the same time Turner joined the House in cutting all office budgets by 5.0% in during the 2011 budget year. Turner has also joined the House in approving a further reduction of 6.4% over this year’s 2012 budget.  

“While working to rein in spending in Washington, I believe that every penny returned to the Treasury counts. As I work to find additional ways to bring fiscal sanity to Congress, I am glad to be undertaking this small effort on behalf of the taxpayer,” added Turner.