WASHINGTON (Gannett)-- Despite tightened office budgets, a few members of Congress are still giving up large chunks of their allowance.
Michigan Rep. Justin Amash, R-Cascade Township, is one of 13 House members who spent less than 80 percent of the money he was given last year for a staff, district offices, mail and other expenses.
By contrast, half of the 14 Michigan lawmakers who served the entire year-- including Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Howell, and Rep. Tim Walberg, R-Tipton --spent 98 percent or more of their budget.
That was the case for nearly one-third of House members, according to House financial reports. (The numbers are not final because lawmakers have two years to pay old bills.) Rep. Dave Camp, the other Michigan lawmaker who represents the greater Lansing area, spent 95 percent of his office allowance, ranking him among the middle of House members.