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Budget That Doesn’t Get Cut: Leaders’ Expenses

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In 2010, Pelosi’s office appears to have spent the money on meals and events. The quarterly disbursement books also indicate that she spent $19,000 from this account on catering just after the 2010 elections, but her office said this is an error; she spent no money from the Speaker expense account after the fiscal year ended in September.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), who served as Minority Whip in the 111th Congress, doesn’t use the account at all, and neither does Assistant Leader James Clyburn (D-S.C.), who served as Majority Whip in the last Congress, their offices said.

The Senate’s reporting system makes the spending difficult to track. For example, by March 31, 2010, Reid had spent almost $35,000 of the $40,000 available to him for fiscal 2010. The only detail provided is an indication that $32,576 was spent on “supplies and materials, $1,725 was reimbursed to Reid for the purchase of “furniture and fixtures” and another $156 was spent on “management and professional support services.”

Over the same six-month period, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) appears to have spent about $15,000 on “supplies and materials.” He spent a similar amount in the second half of the fiscal year.

Sources in the House said that while the continuing resolution for the rest of fiscal 2011 passed by Republicans provides overall cuts to Congressional offices, the expense accounts remain untouched.

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