Washington (CNN) - Mitt Romney's coming to the aid of dozens of Republican members of Congress who he says are trying to cut government spending.
The former Massachusetts governor and probable 2012 GOP presidential candidate announced on Tuesday that Free and Strong America PAC, his political action committee, is contributing $83,500 to 40 House and Senate Republicans.
"It is important that we stand with our Republican Members of Congress and show that we support their pro-growth agenda and their efforts to reduce the size of government," say Romney, in an email release. "Now is the time for all of us to send a powerful message that Americans will no longer tolerate the Washington culture of higher taxes, higher spending, and higher debt."
Last month House Republicans passed a bill that calls for $61 billion in spending cuts. They are now, along with Senate Republicans, calling on Senate Democrats to hold a vote on the legislation. Senate Democrats label the House GOP spending bill as extreme.
The new contributions bring to more than $200,000 the amount of money Romney's contributed to Republican lawmakers this year through his PAC. He also was a big supporter of Republican candidates last year during the midterm elections. Such assistance could pay dividends later this year and next year if Romney takes the presidential plunge.
Romney, who ran for the 2008 GOP presidential nomination, says he will decide later this year if he'll make another bid for the White House.
When asked last month whether he was going to run he said "I don't have an answer for you yet, because there are a lot of things that you have to consider before you make the final decision. Clearly, I'm doing the things, like other folks are doing, to keep the option open, and moving forward in the event that I make a positive decision. But there are matters of health, of support, of the kind of network you'd like to have of individuals behind you. Those are things you've got to assess before you make a final decision," Romney said on CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight."
To see a list of all the members of Congress who are receiving donations from Romney's PAC, click here.
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