It's not just the Republicans who see the need to cut spending. The House on Thursday voted to slash its own budget with a bipartisan 410-13 vote.
The move will reduce spending on House operations by $35 million, not a huge amount but considered a gesture by Republicans to show voters that the lawmakers are serious about reducing federal spending.
Democrats showed little interest in opposing the move, which is projected to save $26.1 million from spending on their individual offices. Some Republicans, like Rep. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., said the party didn't go far enough and should have slashed more.
All those who voted against the bill were Democrats, many of them the top Democrats on committees whose budgets would be slashed by $8.1 million under the resolution.
Republicans praised the bill's passage.
"This is a first step in what will be a concerted effort on the part of Republicans to put our government's fiscal house in order," House Republican Policy Committee Chairman Tom Price, R-Ga., said.