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WASHINGTON -- Republicans taking control of the U.S. House in January say they'll trim members' office budgets by 5%, but Congress members will keep a few perks, including taxpayer-paid leases for vehicles -- ranging from compacts to SUVs to offices on wheels -- for their personal use.


When you talk to Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives, you need to watch what's coming out of both sides of their mouth, it appears.

Click on the above Detroit Free Press story about how Republicans in Congress voted to continue paying for vehicle leases for members. This includes the luxury SUV's and just about anything else they want to drive including BMWs.

Didn't Republicans campaign a month or two back about austerity and leading by example? They are spending our money and not there's.

What would they lease if they had to spend their own money?