U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky, is returning $600,000 to the U.S. Treasury, money he said he saved through frugally operating his Senate office over the last year.
“It’s the only budget I control. … It’s not enough, but it’s a start,” Paul said at a news conference Wednesday near of Fourth and Liberty streets in downtown Louisville.
In promoting his thriftiness, Paul said
the savings were realized by “watching every purchase,” including keeping close tabs on expenditures for “computers, paper, ink cartridges. Everything we buy.”
He said he also keeps close watch on travel expenditures and noted that, although he frequently flies back and forth between Washington and Kentucky, his staff seldom does.
“We are frugal from top to bottom,” Paul said, adding that he believes the savings is true to a campaign pledge he made to cut federal spending. “It’s not an enormous savings,” he said, but the savings would add up, if purse strings were so closely watched throughout government.