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GOP measure protects lawmakers' office budgets
GOP measure protects lawmakers' office budgets after 2 years of cuts
By The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) ' Members of the House of Representatives have voted to protect their own expense accounts from budget cuts.

The bipartisan 307-102 vote came on a $3.3 billion measure to fund congressional operations.

Republicans controlling the House are trying to cut domestic budgets by about 5 percent. But for their own staff, travel and office expenses, they opted to freeze a $574 million budget after two years of cuts.

The overall bill would also cut back on repairs to the iconic Capitol dome, which dates to the Civil War.

After passing the measure, lawmakers immediately left Washington for a weeklong vacation.

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