Republicans seek to limit congressional spending

Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) and other Republicans want to trim Congress's budget, and on Thursday, the House is scheduled to take up a resolution that would do just that.

Walden's resolution (as yet un-numbered) would require all House members, including those in leadership positions, to reduce the amount of money they can spend to perform their official duties (known as their "representational allowance") to 95 percent of the allowance they had in 2010. This cut would hold in both 2011 and 2012.

Spending by House committees would also be cut. Under the resolution, the aggregate spending of committees in 2011 and 2012 must be held to 95 percent of whatever they spent in 2009 and 2010.

The resolution has a special rule for the House Appropriations Committee — that committee cannot authorize salaries and expenses in 2011 or 2012 that exceed 91 percent of salaries and expenses in 2010.

Here's the text of the Walden resolution.