Lawmakers tighten belts amid automatic budget cuts

Last Updated: Fri, Mar 29, 2013 17:00 hrs

Members of Congress are traveling less and worrying more about meeting office salaries. Their aides must are dealing with longer lines and few prospects of a raise. Such are the indignities thrust upon the men and women who brought the country $85 billion in automatic spending cuts.

Lawmakers making $174,000 a year aren't likely to draw much sympathy. While some Democrats have squawked, 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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