Sen. Rand Paul cuts government a check for $600K
GOP lawmaker finds savings in office budget
- Duration 4:30
- Date Feb 27, 2013
GOP lawmaker finds savings in office budget
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We now know who'll be at this meeting at the white house on Friday Boehner McConnell Reid and Pelosi.
All four of them meeting with the president at the eleventh actually -- -- the -- that'd be the thirteenth our Friday.
With me now a senator just gave the government a check for 600000 dollars for money he saved from his own office budget annually.
Kentucky Republican Rand Paul how -- -- -- good morning to you are again.
What's Friday all about.
Well I wish it were about actually cutting some spending instead I think you'll be belly aching about slowing down the rate of growth of spending.
And not -- have annoyed at the president lining up local police officers and saying their jobs we lost.
When everybody knows there their salaries are paid by -- local taxes.
And we presented the president with something -- sequester plan with no playoffs where you just don't we -- people who retire from government.
And we pay federal workers the same as private workers.
That pays for most of the -- -- I've heard you talk about that I think you were talking with us just two weeks about the very idea it has not gone anywhere yet would you be expected to.
We're gonna try to make it one of the alternatives it's always a -- around here to see if they'll let you have a vote on your alternative.
But I presented it to my caucus and I'm also presenting it as an amendment.
To whatever they come up with for Thursday or Friday have you gotten a sniff of democratic support on that yet.
Well you know we haven't presented it to the other side yet but you'd think there -- fairly easy solutions we.
Don't rehire people we pay federal workers is same as private workers.
We -- their travel by 25%.
And we say there has to be competitive bidding.
The problem is many Democrats don't like competitive bidding because they like to pay federal workers union scale.
Instead of what the competitive wage is a guy the that he could be a -- do you find so -- savings in these travel budgets and that's becoming more and more clear.
But but you save 600000.
Out of an annual budget of 3.5 million.
What did you do.
We save about watching every penny we watch how many people we are we had a few people retire or leave for other jobs and we didn't replace them.
We also watch what we spend on ink cartridges computers.
Travel budget we -- a host of things but we watch it is if it were our own money.
In fact we have a bill that would have this go throughout all of government.
And we would give civil servants is civil servants bonuses based on how much savings they find their own -- -- that's enough.
COLT quarterback goes anywhere especially given that.
You know the sixteen point six trillion -- -- -- mainly Republican South Carolina.
He saved a 160000.
In his house budget which is which is less than -- in the senate side but still.
Quite sizable one more question your -- if I could.
You helped to lead the charge.
Would it appeared publicly against Chuck Hagel.
Yet you voted to confirm him yesterday as Defense Secretary he was sworn in about two hours ago the Pentagon.
Why the votes to favor.
I filibustered him twice because I wanted more information and I think when Republicans stick together we can get information.
I was disappointed that -- several on my side.
After they filibustered him immediately announced they weren't gonna continue to filibuster so we never really got the information.
I'm the same way on bread and I want to know more information about drone strikes in America.
On final passage though I take the position that the president does have some leeway in some prerogative.
In who we -- the political.
So I would like to get as much information as we can.
I'll stick with the party -- the party you'll stick together to try to get more information.
In the end you know I voted for John Kerry also although I will almost nothing to John Kerry -- and -- secretary Haig will be a good in satisfactory.
Defense Secretary -- You know I don't really know I think there are many sort of libertarian reasons not to be excited about a guy who voted for the Iraq War -- voted for the Patriot Act.
Is in favor of a national draft.
But there's also reasons from a conservative perspective not to be happy I don't know what will happen I do think though that he's open to the fact.
That we will have to save some money in the military and I am open that also senator thank you for your time a lot to talk about we'll continue our discussions -- -- Rand Paul there.
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