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McNerney votes with majority to cut Congressional office expenses by 5%

Legislation expected to reduce spending by $35 million this year.

Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-Pleasanton) voted this week for a bipartisan measure to cut office budgets for members of the House of Representatives by 5%.

The legislation is expected to reduce spending for office expenses by $35 million this year.

"Tackling the debt is a critical issue facing our country, and we have to take this challenge more seriously than ever before," McNerney said in a press release. "We'll face tough decisions in the coming weeks, months, and years, and it's appropriate that Congress demonstrate its commitment to fiscal responsibility by reducing its operating budget."

The resolution to cut Congressional office budgets passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 410-13.

"I was proud to join a bipartisan group of my colleagues and vote for a 5% cut in Congressional office budgets," he said.

McNerney's office said that the congressman, during his first two terms in office, "consistently opposed pay raises for members of Congress and voted against increases to Congressional office budgets."

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Posted by Bill Jamaca
a resident of Downtown
on Jan 7, 2011 at 9:58 am

Thanks for reporting on the actions of our elected officials. It's hard to stay up to day and provide feedback on a timely basis. Keep up the good work!

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Posted by Nomo Doltz
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 7, 2011 at 12:45 pm

Talk about window dressing! 5%!!! Congress should cut their expenses by 25% at least, starting with their outrageous pensions, benefits, travel expenses, and the size of their staffs. Then they could make some really good cuts by having Congress in session only 3 months a year. They would get more done in 3 months than they do now in 12, because their livlihoods would no longer be professional politicians. Hey, that's the way it was in the early years of the country, and that is the way it is in some of the best-run states in the country today.

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Posted by Is he serious?
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 7, 2011 at 3:55 pm

What a joke! That would be like me saying that because I no longer get my starbucks, I am helping my family's budget! Sure, that helps, but more than just the starbucks needs to be cut when finances are tight. 5%? Is he kidding? We need more than that, plus we need other types of cuts as well.

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Posted by Janna
a resident of Dublin
on Jan 7, 2011 at 4:28 pm

Janna is a registered user.

That was all Boner's idea you know. He defended it by saying you have to start somewhere. Why don't you crap on the Orange Cryer?

Oh, yeah, he's repub, that's why.

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Posted by New Resident
a resident of Pheasant Ridge
on Jan 8, 2011 at 4:19 pm

What a friggen JOKE! Let's see how our "spine of steel" representative votes on the Obama Care repeal..oh, er, I already know that...he will vote exactly the way Pelosi instructs him to.

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Posted by dublinmike
a resident of Dublin
on Jan 9, 2011 at 9:15 pm

dublinmike is a registered user.

Hey, New Resident, welcome to our area. Your comment ""spine of steel" "is similar to the pre-election comments about him being a "Pelosi-puppet."

You're late to the party, in terms of opinions. Representative Jerry McNerney, while I disagreed with him on Alternative Minimum Tax and taxing the extreme higher tax brackets, is uncharacteristically straight forward. Better than the one we had before.

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Posted by b
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 11, 2011 at 11:41 am

Is John Boehner refusing to use the plane that Nancy Pelosi was using? The Tea Partiers have been up in arms about that the past couple years. I might've missed his announcement.

Great to hear that Rep. McNerney and Gov. Brown are making cuts. Looking forward to the Tea Party cost-cutting proposals.

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