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Lawmakers to be charged $200 for previously free paper copies
In a move it says is aimed at saving money and trees, the Bush administration plans to charge lawmakers $200 for copies of this year's federal budget.
While lawmakers will be able to pay the $200 fee from their office budgets, many complain they are barely able to pay their staffs a living wage as it is. And plenty of entry level Hill staffers would say they already don't get paid what they're worth.
Rep. John Spratt (D-SC), chairman of the House Budget Committee...plans to spend $2,000 for 10 copies of the budget. That's about as much as he paid an office intern for three months of work, according to the Hill staff salary database Legistorm.