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Republicans tout cuts in House spending

1:17 PM, Apr 25, 2013   |    comments
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WASHINGTON -- Republicans say spending for House operations has dropped by more than $200 million since they took control three years ago.

GOP lawmakers say they saved the money by trimming budgets of committees, leadership offices and individual lawmaker offices.

The House imposed an 8.2 percent reduction on lawmakers' personal office budget in March - after automatic, across-the-board cuts in most federal programs took effect.

That was on top of 11 percent cuts to office budgets during 2011 and 2012.

House committees also took an 11 percent hit this year.

Lawmakers have frozen staff levels and taken steps like cutting back on travel and postponing office purchases.

House Speaker John Boehner said it was only right that the House lead by example in economizing.

JIM ABRAMS

Associated Press

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