Owens returns some congressional funds

For the second year in a row, North Country Representative Bill Owens is returning money allotted to his Congressional office budget.

The Democrat from New York's 23rd Congressional District is expected to return more than $230,000 to the United States Treasury to "help pay down the federal deficit."

Owens also returned in excess of 15 percent of his office's funds last year.

According to Owens, it makes sense for members of Congress to tighten their belts the same way families across the country are.

"We cannot seriously talk about reducing the national debt and deficit without first operating our own offices in a fiscally responsible manner," he said, noting that he plans on returning funds again next year.

According to Owens' spokesman Sean Magers, members of Congress who produce a budget surplus have the option of returning excess funds to the U.S. Treasury.

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