House Spent Nearly $2 Million on Coffee, Snacks in 2012

Taxpayers on the hook as senior leaders ran up the tab with food and beverages at meetings.
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If paying more for your own coffee upsets you, did you know you have been buying coffee for your congressmen? David kerley tells us if there's one thing democrats and republicans can agree on, they both love their coffee. Reporter: Most of us start r day off with at least one cup of coffee. Two to five bucks out of your pocket. But, guess what? You are also paying for your member of congress to have a cup of joe or two. Congress is spending an awful lot of money to entertain the members. Reporter: The sunlight foundation crunched the numbers for us. The house of representatives spent nearly $2 million on coffee and food last year alone. And this is a true bipartisan effort. Leaders hosting their own members. Republican speaker john boehner, $64,000. The democratic leader nancy pelosi, $61,000. The number two democrat, steny hoyer, $52,000. So what do we do about this? We are in an age of austerity and budget cuts. Maybe ask the members to buy their own coffee. Reporter: The biggest spender in the house, the number three republican, california's kevin McCarthy. Even on his facebook page, pictures of meetings with fruit, bagels, croissants and coffee. Grand total, $96,000. And another four grand for bottled water, enough to pay the salaries of two mid level staffers. congressman McCarthy, david kerley from abc. How are you? Reporter: Can I ask you a couple of questions about your coffee and food spending here in the house? The congressman declines our request for an interview and wouldn't answer our question. 100,000, sir. Is that appropriate spending? You noticed, we cut it out. Reporter: No, what we noticed were leftovers from a meeting he was just attending. A staffer even offered us a bagel. McCARTHY'S OFFICE TELLS US THEY Have made cuts, but provided no numbers. So those mu pastries and coffee for all these members are on you. David kerley, abc news, washington.

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