Lawmakers Tighten Their Belts

WASHINGTON (March 29, 2013)--Members of Congress are traveling less and worrying more about meeting office salaries in the wake of automatic budget cuts and Capitol Hill aides are dealing with longer lines and fewer prospects of raises.

Lawmakers making $174,000 a year aren't likely to attract much sympathy.

While some Democrats have balked, the Republican-led House has been at the forefront of efforts to economize.

House Administration Committee chairwoman Candice Miller says her colleagues need to lead by example.

Last week, the House voted to cut the budgets of its committees by 11 percent.

Earlier this month, the House imposed an 8.2 percent cut to lawmakers' personal office budgets.


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