GOP Measure Protects Lawmakers' Office Budgets After 2 Years Of Cuts [View all]
Source: Associated Press
Members of the House of Representatives voted Friday to protect their own office expense accounts from budget cuts.
The bipartisan 307-102 vote came on a $3.3 billion measure funding congressional operations.
Republicans controlling the House have been trying to cut domestic agency budgets by about 5 percent. But when it came to their own staff, travel and office expenses, GOP leaders opted to freeze their $574 million budget after two years of cuts.
The funding bill includes a 1 percent cut that comes chiefly from cutting back on repairs to the iconic Capitol dome, which dates to the Civil War.