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  • Senate Facilities Services technician Carlos Abarca delivers cases of bottled water to the Appropriations Committee in July. One internal cost-saving measure Congress hasn't yet availed itself of is to opt instead for D.C. tap water. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

    For House, budget cuts hit close to home

    The House of Representatives that returns Tuesday is 10 percent leaner than a year prior — the result of a pair of mandates requiring largely symbolic cuts to the way it goes about its business enacted since John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, assumed the speaker's gavel in January.

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