GOP Leaders Splurge on Coffee, Donuts
Blew $24k on Whole Foods, Dunkin Donuts, PF Chang's in just 3 months: report
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 14, 2013 1:00 PM CDT
A box of half-eaten Tim Hortons' donuts is seen after a tasting in New York, Wednesday, July 22, 2009. The Canadian doughnut chain moved into 12 former Dunkin Donut locations earlier in the month, bringing...   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

(Newser) – While serving up sound bites on belt-tightening and cost-cutting to the public, House Republican leaders have been helping themselves to the exact opposite behind closed doors, chowing through $24,000 in taxpayer dollars on food and beverages in just three months, according to an investigation by the Washington Guardian. John Boehner's office chugged down $2,204 worth of coffee in November alone; other GOP favorites include Whole Foods, Dunkin Donuts, PF Chang's, Qdoba, and Taylor Gourmet.

With the sequester slashing $85 billion from government agencies' budgets, the report of congressmembers' expensive appetites has stomachs churning. “The larger question—where will Congress show its own belt tightening when some of the dislocations caused by sequester begin to bite out in the country—is as yet unanswered,” says one analyst. "But I doubt it will involve cutting out the coffee at the caucus meeting.”

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Mar 16, 2013 7:05 AM CDT
Boner's hang-overs must be really bad, going through $2400.00 worth of coffee in one month.
Mar 15, 2013 11:48 AM CDT
A)GOP to world,'don't do as I do, d as I say." Pass the donuts, please. B) Post-inauguration parties are planned and paid for with private money, just like the GOP's retreats at posh resorts. C) Yeah, 'd like to know the celebs hanging out with the GOP legislators! D) The big difference between the GOP's donut and coffee bill and Obama's inauguration party bill is "we" paid for the donuts and coffee! E) $2204 for Boehne's office coffee for one month?! Are they ordering in bulk from Starbucks?
Mar 15, 2013 10:40 AM CDT
This is such a bulls*!t partisan story. I hate government wasteful spending more than most and while I agree that these guys should be buying their own food, there is about a 0.000000% chance that the Democrats aren't doing the exact same thing. I mean, how much was just spent by the White House on post-Inaguration parties so the Obamas can hang out with Jay-Z, Beyonce, and all the other left-wing celebrities? I'm sure it puts this donut bill to shame.