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Why US Rep. Bill Owens is returning $75,000 to US Treasury

North Country congressman Bill Owens says he's returning roughly $75,000 of his congressional office budget to the US treasury.

Owens has made the gesture toward austerity four years in a row -- with the amount left unspent by his office now totaling around $400,000.

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In a statement, the Democrat from Plattsburgh says he is committed to "responsible efforts large and small to get America's fiscal house in order."

Owens says he also supported a six percent budget cut to members of Congress, approved last year. He's co-sponsoring legislation that would lower salaries for members of congress.

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