The Washington Times - January 7, 2011, 11:23AM

The D.C. government is among the first to offer to help GOP House Speaker John Boehner cut the chamber’s office budgets and other government waste.

The city’s water department on Thursday sent Mr. Boehner, Ohio Republican, 10 reusable water bottles “with an offer to supply each member of Congress with their own,” according to a D.C. government press release.

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The House reportedly spent $190,000 on bottled water during the first quarter alone in 2010.

The bottles arrived with a letter of support that stated eliminating the bottled-water expenditure would also improve the environment, including helping to eliminate nearly 2.5 million tons of plastic bottles and jars thrown away every year.

“Water is a resource that is essentially free at the tap,” writes George Hawkins, general manager of the D.C. Water and Sewer Authority.

The letter follows new House rules put forth by Mr. Boehner that would further restrict the voting rights of Congress members, including D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, Democrat, and others who do not represent U.S. states.