Today the House passed the Legislative Branch Appropriations Bill for FY 2012. This bill included 6.4% (or $227 million) in spending cuts for Members of Congress offices. This is on top of the 5% that we cut in FY 2011. Significant, across the board spending cuts are the only way to recover the economy, and Congress is no exception to that rule. I believe in practicing what you preach. During my time in Congress, I have consistently run my Congressional office below budget each fiscal year and have returned money to the taxpayers as well. It is our responsibility as Members of Congress to be careful stewards of the money coming from the people we work for--the American taxpayers.