WASHINGTON--Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) announced he will cut his Senate office budget by 15 percent. Kirk was sworn in on Nov. 29. In a non-government e-mail he sent out on Thursday, Kirk said, "What a month it's been. We now represent 12.6 million people - 19 times more than a 650,000-person congressional district. Since taking office on November 29th, we received more than 136,000 phone calls and 25,000 e-mails from Illinois citizens. We opened offices in Washington, Chicago and Springfield. And to set an example of fiscal restraint, the cost to run our Senate office will be 15% less than the previous year."
I asked two Kirk spokesmen for details about the 15 percent office budget reduction. This is the answer I got from spokesman Lance Trover: "Senator Kirk will spend 15% less in FY 2011 to operate the Illinois junior Senator's office than was spent in FY 2010."