Congressional offices prepare for cuts

  • Article by: JEREMY HERB , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 8, 2011 - 9:19 AM

Most of Minnesota's delegation supported a cut to office budgets, but Ellison said it would hurt the constituents.

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lemminkainenJan. 8, 11 5:37 AM

Republicans don't need staff they just do what the lobbyists tell them to do anyway.

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mobydick1Jan. 8, 11 5:43 AM

The cutting of staff is ridiculous. They are the ones that do the work. It is the chiefs that should be "biting the bullet," and setting an example. I don't know why we pay congress persons anyway. They get enough money from their handlers. Even those getting social security can only "double dip," to a certain extent.

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comment229Jan. 8, 11 5:47 AM

I get sick every time I hear the phrases "tiny fraction of the budget" or "a drop in the bucket" or "a miniscule amount." If all these cuts are so damn insignificant, send me the money, because you apparently don't think it will do much good to reduce the deficit, but it will put a dent in my financial problems. Remember when a million was a lot of money; then a billion? Now it is a trillion and politicians better get a clue, real fast, that quadrillion is on the horizon.

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karendavid816Jan. 8, 11 6:25 AM

Forget the office budgets, peanuts. The Congress needs to get rid of half the committees and their staffs. They are not only expensive, but having thousands of employees allows for the creation of 2,000 page laws that no one can read.

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Bubba2mJan. 8, 11 6:31 AM

"Republicans don't need staff they just do what the lobbyists tell them to do anyway". posted by lemminkainen on Jan. 8, 11 at 5:37 AM...... Democrats don't need staff they can just use the office staff of all the unions that own them.......

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Bubba2mJan. 8, 11 6:32 AM

"I get sick every time I hear the phrases "tiny fraction of the budget" or "a drop in the bucket" or "a miniscule amount." ..... I agree.... Add up all the "tiny fractions", "drops in the bucket", and "miniscule amounts" and they add up to some pretty large amounts of money....

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joeeeeeeJan. 8, 11 7:38 AM

1) union workers make up a tiny fraction of all American workers: "In 2009, the union membership rate--the percent of wage and salary workers who were members of a union--was 12.3 percent"...[http://www.bls.gov/news.release/union2.nr0.htm************ 2)saving taxpayer money in administering a budget should apply at the state level also. Why after eight years of "small, limited government" Pawlenty would there be waste in government administration enough to fill a large budget deficit?

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striberalJan. 8, 11 7:46 AM

JOEEEEEEE - Union workers make up a tiny fraction of all jobs, but up to 50% of government jobs. They provide little benefit to the hard working private employee but they have made an unholy alliance with the DEMOCRAT Politicians.

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striberalJan. 8, 11 7:51 AM

"It's a big mistake when Democrats basically adopt Republican strategies to weaken and diminish the instrumentality of government," Ellison said. SUCK IT UP, BUTTERCUP. Just add a few more unpaid college interns to your staff. And I will make you a deal - If you vote to repeal Obamacare we will let you have some of the %540B in spending cuts that the CBO says comes along with it.

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WalksHauntJan. 8, 11 8:41 AM

Here is the problem: ".....nothing but a Republican stunt designed to shrink government so that average citizens have less ability to ... hold industry accountable." Politicians who think the $$ flow is un-ending?? Where is Congress in instituting pay cuts and benefit contribution increases for all government employees and term limits (for elected officials)? We will never see it. We will never see reduced government unless we change the system.

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