Congressman Webster gives U.S. Treasury $360K check

Congressman Webster gives U.S. Treasury $360K check

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Rep. Dan Webster (left), with Rep. Connie Mack IV and Gov. Mitt Romney. Rep. Dan Webster (left), with Rep. Connie Mack IV and Gov. Mitt Romney.
WINTER GARDEN, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -

Congressman Dan Webster, R-Winter Garden, is giving the Department of the Treasury a $360,000 check to reduce the federal deficit.

"If we're going to fix government it's going to have to start in our own house," he said.

The money comes from his $3.1 million office budget.  Each member gets the money to set up offices in Washington and their home district, pay a staff, travel back and forth to Washington and more.

Rep. Webster described one of the ways he saved money. He said each congressman gets a computer repair service at an annual charge of close to $15,000. If something breaks, they come and fix it.  Instead of using that contract, he simply decided to purchase four new Dell computers at $850 apiece.

"I canceled the service, so I don't have a service. What I do have though is 4 new computers. Two of them we will use, two of them we will have as spares, and if one breaks, instead of continually paying the $1,288 every month, we're going to hand them a new computer."

Congressman Webster said if all 435 members of Congress would be a hawk about each dollar, it would save tens of millions of dollars each year.

"If it's appropriated, the rule is spend it. I don't believe that. I believe we ought to look at it as every dollar is important."

Webster also gave back nearly $5,000 in salary this year.  Two other members of Congress in the Central Florida area tell us they have returned money as well.  Rep. John Mica, R-Winter Park, has returned $150,000 over the last two years. Rep. Bill Posey, R-Rockledge, said he has given back $570,000 over the past four years and only accepts salary up to the same level it was when he was elected in 2008.

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