Snack spending in Congress
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While the rest of the country was bracing for the fiscal cliff and massive budget cuts, last fall, Congress was spending quite a bit of your money on snacks and bottled water.

12 Investigates dugs into a recently released audit of how Congress is spending your tax dollars in its offices.

In the last three months of 2012, the top congressional leadership spent nearly $30,000 on bottled water, coffee, and catering from restaurants and grocery stores.

The food was bought from upscale grocery stores, including Harris Teeter and Whole Foods, restaurants, like P.F. Chang's, and breakfast food and drink from Joe Ragan's Coffee and Dunkin Donuts.

Speaker of the House John Boehner spent the most - more than $11,000 on food and drink. More than $2,200 was just for coffee in October, November and December.

Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy spent more than $9,000 - including a $2,500 bill at Qdoba in October.

Minority leader Nancy Pelosi came in at $3,500.

Locally, Majority Leader Eric Cantor spent the least among leadership - just under $3,000 on food and drink over three months.

So, while Americans we're being told to prepare for tough budget cuts, the food, water and coffee budgets in Congress were still flowing.

None of the top leadership returned phone calls from several media outlets.

An investigative reporter for WUSA in Washington, D.C. was able to get a hold of Minority Whip Steny Hoyer's office. An aide said the money went towards breakfast meetings and lunch meetings, calling it common.

During those three months of spending, Congress was only in session for 35 days.

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HMJC commented on Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 at 08:44 AM

Coffee, Tea, Or Me....

sebekm commented on Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 at 12:43 PM

It's not just Congress. That bastion of conservatism - The Weekly Standard - posted an article online about an hour ago which ropes (you guessed it) PRESIDENT OBAMA into the mess. It is short enough to post here in its entirety:

"Obama Now Says He Was Off by $1.6 Trillion — and 43 Percent
11:32 AM, Apr 11, 2013 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON

When President Obama released his first budget — entitled with no hint of irony, “A New Era of Responsibility” — he projected that deficit spending over the next five fiscal years (2010-14) would total $3.767 trillion. Now, Obama has released his fifth budget (which doesn’t seem to have a name). In it, he says that deficit spending over that same 5-year span (2010-14) will instead total $5.398 trillion. (This includes three years that are already on the books...) So Obama now admits that his original 5-year projection was off by $1,631,000,000,000.00 — or 43 percent.

It should make Americans feel better that this is the sort of precision we can expect from the president who spearheaded, and whose administration will now be implementing, “probably the most complex piece of legislation ever passed by the United States Congress,” legislation whose complexity “is just beyond comprehension” — Obamacare.

Repeal, anyone?"


sebekm commented on Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 at 13:07 PM

You might ask: What does the federal budget have to do with snack spending in Congress? The answer is that they both deal with wasteful spending. And the President's latest budget submission answers ANOTHER question: Why didn't Mr. Obama/the Democrats submit a budget in his first term, and engage in the kind of number scrutiny and debate which triggers articles like Jeffrey Anderson's? Answer: Because it makes the system more "transparent," and it brings out into the light the kind of cost overruns that are illustrated above.

In short - the President didn't want the people to know before the 2012 election that his spending projections were off by 1.6 TRILLION DOLLARS. Why? Because enough of them might have voted against him and put Mitt Romney into the White House.

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