Obama's Budget Costs Taxpayers $131,075 to Print -- Just for Members of Congress

By Elizabeth Harrington | February 15, 2012 | 12:22pm EST

Copies of the a appendix of President Barack Obama's fiscal 2013 federal budget are readied at the Government Printing Office (GPO) in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)


(CNSNews.com) – It cost taxpayers $275 per member of Congress to receive hard copies of the President’s 2013 budget when he released it on Monday, a budget that will likely fail a vote in the Senate.

In all, President Barack Obama’s fiscal year 2013 budget, three supplemental budget books and CD-Rom cost $131,075 to print for all 535 members in Congress.  The budget is currently for sale at the U.S. Government bookstore.

According to the prices in the bookstore, the complete budget package comes to $275.

The 255-page fiscal year 2013 Budget of the U.S. Government is priced at $39; the 1,476-page Appendix costs $76; the 358-page Historical Tables for the budget costs $50; the 358-page Analytical Perspectives for the budget costs $53; and a budget CD-ROM costs $27.

The CD-ROM “contains the full content of the budget documents and most supporting documents for the budget in PDF format. Software to search, display, and print is provided. A number of budget tables are also provided in spreadsheet format,” according to the bookstore.

When adding the price for the budget and supplemental materials printed for 100 Senators and 435 members of the House of Representatives the total comes to $131,075.

CNSNews.com contacted the government bookstore and the Government Printing Office and government workers could not give the total number of budget books printed.  One employee said there were 20 copies currently on hand in the bookstore.

Last year, the president’s 2012 budget failed in the Senate on a vote 97-0, after Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) brought the measure to a vote. McConnell, saying that he is confident that Democrats will not support the president’s spending plan, has indicated that he himself plans to again introduce the president’s budget,which he expects to fail.

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