US Representative Sue Myrick (NC-09) voted today for a 5 percent across the board cut in the operating budget of Congress itself, immediately saving American taxpayers $35 million. It amounts to a drop in the bucket, but the symbolism of cutting money from Congress should pay dividends politically for Myrick and other U.S. Representatives who voted for it. Only 16 out of 423 voted against it.

“In our current economic climate, the American people have tightened their belts and are living on smaller budgets,” Myrick said. “It’s time for Congress to take a cue from them and do the same thing.”

The resolution reduces the budget of each Member, Committee and Leadership office by 5 percent of FY 2010 levels. It reduces the budget of the Appropriations Committee by 9 percent of FY 2010 levels.

Full text of the resolution can be found here.