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Congress members spend big bucks on breakfast

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Are you feeling generous? How about buying a government leader a cup of coffee?

New numbers out Wednesday found that the House of Representatives spent nearly $2 million on coffee and food in 2012 for events in and around the capitol.

The money is part of lawmaker's representational allowances, which comes from taxpayers' money.

But you may be surprised to find out who are the big spenders.

Republican House Speaker John Boehner spent $64,000. Democratic House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi spent $61,000. No. 2 Democrat Steny Hoyer spent $52,000.

The biggest spender was no. 3 Republican Kevin McCarthy, who spent $95,000 and an additional $4,000 on bottled water.

WNEM wants to know what you think. Do you think taxpayers' money should be used to treat members of congress to coffee?

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