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Mustache bill puts congressman in hairy situation
Tax breaks for mustaches? Maryland congressman disavows support for odd proposal
By The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) ' A Republican congressman from Maryland is in a hairy situation over a proposal to give tax breaks to Americans with mustaches.

The American Mustache Institute claimed Tuesday that Rep. Roscoe Bartlett supported the 'Stache Act. But on Wednesday, Bartlett's staff said he does not support a tax deduction of up to $250 a year for facial hair grooming.

A Bartlett staffer says she forwarded a copy of the proposal to the House Ways & Means Committee, without the congressman's knowledge, after receiving a media inquiry about it. That led the institute to believe Bartlett, who has long had a mustache, supported the measure.

The institute says Burrell made a "shameful reversal" and suggested it was prompted by election-year politics.

So far, no other representatives have supported the mustache proposal.

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