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Kind introduces deficit reduction bill, cosponsors redistricting reform bill
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U.S. Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) introduced the bipartisan Giveback Deficit Reduction Act July 15 to promote fiscal responsibility in Congress.

The legislation directs the Treasury Department to use all returned Congressional office budget funds to directly pay down the annual deficit.

This year, Kind returned over $92,000 from his annual office budget to taxpayers. He has maintained his giveback practice every year he has been in Washington and in total has now returned more than $1.6 million.

Kind also became a cosponsor recently on a bipartisan bill introduced by U.S. Reps. Reid Ribble (R-WI) and Jim Cooper (D-TN) to eliminate the divisive practice of gerrymandering and the hyper-partisanship of the redistricting process by establishing an independent, bipartisan redistricting commission to redraw congressional district lines once every 10 years.

“Rep. Ribble and Rep. Cooper are taking on the Party establishments with this legislation, designed to bring power back to the people,” said former Sen. Dale Schultz (R-Richland Center). “I’m thankful that support for the bill is growing, and citizens concerned about our country’s future should appreciate Congressman Kind’s support as well.”

Schultz co-chairs the Wisconsin Fair Elections Project, a campaign to end gerrymandering.