Washington, DC –  Congressman Tom Rice (SC-07) today released the following statement on returning $88,000 of his operating budget to the Treasury:

“Every person, household, and business should operate on a budget, including Congress,” said Congressman Rice.  “I am proud to announce that my office will be returning more than $88,000 back to the Treasury.  This number would have been well over $100,000; however, I represent South Carolina’s newly formed Seventh Congressional District and did not inherit equipment and other office infrastructure from a previous member.  Through careful budgeting and fiscally responsible decisions, I was able to create and staff three fully operating offices to serve my constituents and return thousands of left over funds to the Treasury. ”