Miller Statement on Adjustment to Members’ Budgets Under Sequestration

Mar 4, 2013

WASHINGTON – Today, in accordance with the sequester order issued by the Office of Management and Budget, the Committee on House Administration notified Members of the House that their 2013 office budget authorizations have been reduced by 8.2%.

Committee Chair Candice Miller, R-Mich., issued the following statement upon issuing the notification:

“For two consecutive years, House Republicans implemented cuts to Member budgets totaling approximately 11 percent – below 2008 spending levels.

"Today, as a result of sequestration, Member budgets will be reduced another 8.2 percent. Although sequestration isn't the ideal way to reduce government spending, it is now the law and Congress is not, and should not be, immune.  To the contrary, we should continue to lead by example and do our part to get this country on a fiscally sustainable path."

At the beginning of the 112th Congress, House Republicans cut annual budgets by 5%.  In 2012, they reduced budgets by an additional 6.4%.  Combined, these cuts reduced MRA spending authorizations below 2008 levels.  By comparison, overall non-defense discretionary spending by the Executive Branch increased 16.7% from 2008 to 2013.