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Members of Congress left Washington, D.C., on Feb. 15 for a 10-day vacation break, but U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.) hasn’t been sitting at home this week.
On Tuesday, Feb. 19, Mulvaney spoke to about 200 constituents in a town hall-style meeting at York Technical College in Rock Hill, answering questions ranging from proposed gun control bills to the “fiscal cliff.”
Then on Wednesday, the second-term congressman from Indian Land spoke to a group of students at Buford Middle School.
Mulvaney also announced Thursday, that he had returned more than $160,000 (about 12 percent) of his 2012 office budget. That figure is in addition to the 6.5 percent cut congressional offices took in 2012, and the 5 percent cut in 2011.
“At a time when Americans are tightening their budgets, I have made an effort to do the same with my congressional office budget,” Mulvaney said is a statement issued by his office.
Mulvaney said his office has found ways to save money while providing necessary services to Fifth District constituents.
“As requested when I returned over $160,000 last year, I ask that (U.S. House) Speaker (John) Boehner use this money to pay down the national debt,” Mulvaney said.