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Conservatives Claim to Be Prepared for Cuts and for Life Under the Sequester

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Toomey said his office has always come in under budget, so it won’t face problems under the sequester.

“We’ve been making preparations [since] about six months ago,” said third-term Rep. Phil Roe, R-Tenn., who said a legislative assistant who left the staff has not been replaced. “I would love to have the position filled. We need it. I’ve asked a lot of my staff.”

For her part, Miller has told her district office staff that they could either choose to be furloughed or clean their offices themselves, citing the high costs of the regular maintenance service that she can no longer afford.

Fiscal conservatives in the Senate are also having to make do.

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., also elected in 2010, said his staff was going to have to cut back on travel expenses.

And Senate Finance ranking member Orrin G. Hatch, R-Utah, who in 2012 was elected to a seventh term, said he had to lay off some of his staff in the past month.

“But I don’t want to dwell on that,” Hatch said on Feb. 28, shortly after competing sequester alternatives were defeated on the Senate floor. “It’s frustrating that you can’t work with Democrats to get things done.”

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