WARREN — U.S. Rep. Dave Joyce returned about $250,000 in unused money to run his office to the U.S. Treasury to be used to reduce the federal deficit.
“Considering that the U.S. is currently over $22 trillion in debt, each year I request that any unused funds from my office be transferred to the treasury to help reduce the deficit,” said Joyce, R-Bainbridge Township.
The money came from Joyce’s members’ representational allowance. During each congressional session, members are given funds to pay for the operations of their offices.
Joyce said he’s returned about $800,000 in taxpayer dollars to the treasury during his time as a congressman. He’s serving his fourth two-year term.
“Fiscal responsibility is needed in order to create a stronger, more prosperous nation for the next generation, which is why I began the tradition of returning unused taxpayer funds back when I was the Geauga County prosecutor,” he said. “It will take a lot to change how Washington does business, but I will not stop working until we have restored fiscal discipline in our nation’s capital.”
Joyce’s seven-county 14th Congressional District includes 11 northern townships in Trumbull County.