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Waco Tribune-Herald: Rep. Flores taking pay cut ‘to reduce the public debt'

By  Lowell Brown

U.S. Rep. Bill Flores said Tuesday he returned 5 percent of his congressional salary to the U.S. Treasury to help pay down the national debt.

Flores, a Bryan Republican whose district includes Waco, announced the news on his Twitter account with an image of a receipt confirming his payment of $8,700, which is 5 percent of the standard $174,000 annual salary for members of Congress. Flores reported the payment as “gifts to reduce the public debt.”

(View the picture here: https://twitter.com/RepBillFlores/status/324229240818126848/photo/1)

The action follows moves by President Barack Obama and other administration officials to return part of their salaries in solidarity with federal workers facing furloughs because of recent budget cuts.

Flores first promised to return part of his salary during an interview with Waco talk radio host Shane Warner on April 5, after Warner asked him — seemingly in jest — if he would follow Obama’s lead.

Flores surprised Warner by saying he would “match whatever (Obama) does.”

(Listen here: http://www.newstalk1230.com/player/?mid=23063059).

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