Did you ever hear of the Members Representational Allowance (MRA) funds? We received notification that our Congressional Representatives receive $4 million per year to operate their offices, and anything they do not spend they get to keep. We set out to determine if that, in fact, is true.
Our research has shown that statement to be absolutely false.
Here is an extensive study done on the MRA done by the Congressional Research Service and last updated on September 3, 2019.
Here is an excerpt from the report:
“Members of the House of Representatives have one consolidated allowance, the Members’ Representational Allowance (MRA), with which to operate their offices. The MRA was first authorized in 1996 and was made subject to regulations and adjustments of the Committee on House Administration. Representatives have a high degree of flexibility to use the MRA to operate their offices in a way that supports their congressional duties and responsibilities, and individual office spending may be as varied as the districts Members represent.”
There are restrictions on how the funds are to be used. They may not be spent on campaign or personal expenditures. Here is a link to the Congressional Ethics Commission that discusses MRA.
How much is given to each Congressional District?
For FY 2019 the total was $573,630,000 or ~$1,318,690 average per Representative.
For FY 2020 the total will be $615,000,000 or ~$1,412,793 average per Representative
So how has our Congressional Representative, Dave Joyce, fared with his MRA funds?
We wrote an article about Congressional spending of the MRA funds and we are happy to report that Representative Joyce got a big thumbs up.
We contacted Representative Joyce’s Mentor office about the MRA funds and received the following letters from his office.
Dave Joyce 1-13-20
Representative Joyce stated that he has returned more than $800,000 from his Congressional budget to the U.S. Treasury since 2013, in compliance with the rules governing the MRA.
LFC applauds Representative Joyce for being a good steward of taxpayers’ funds. We may not agree with his voting record, but we must give credit when credit is due.