U.S. Rep. Greg Murphy

U.S. Rep Greg Murphy announced that he has returned $160,000 of funds allotted to him for operations of his congressional office.

The Greenville Republican said Friday the money amounts to more than 7 percent of his budget.

“As a fiscal conservative who worries about our mounting national debt, I reject the ‘use it or lose it’ mentality with which most people view taxpayer money in Washington, D.C,” Murphy said in a news release announcing his decision.

“Our office and staff have committed to being good stewards of the taxpayer’s money. Congress’ job is to write the laws of the land in the most efficient way possible. If every federal legislator and bureaucrat had this perspective, we could significantly ease the burden of our massive national debt on our children and grandchildren.”

Murphy is in his first full term in Washington.

A physician, Murphy also volunteered at mass COVID-19 vaccination clinic at the Greenville Convention Center from 7 a.m. to noon on Monday.

Vidant Health and the Pitt County Health Department hope to vaccinate 4,000 people at the site this week.

Contact Bobby Burns at and 329.9572.