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As economy worsens, Congress spends more
That includes more than $19 million for miscellaneous items, of which $500,000 will go to a pilot program for senators to send out postcards about their town hall meetings. And $4 million for consultants for some of Capitol Hill's top lawmakers.
Supporters of the bill say they are being frugal, and that last year Congress increased its budget by almost 11 percent.
But Senator John McCain said on Wednesday: "Has anybody had any trouble lately having people come to their town hall meetings? We need to spend an additional $500,000 to notify? Please.
And they have the nerve to say they are being frugal. Our forefathers left England to escape one tyrant and we are facing 535 of them today.
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