It’s OK to bill the taxpayers for gourmet coffee, pricey pastries, and bottled water.

Republicans and Democrats may be at loggerheads about the debt ceiling and what to cut from the budget, but they agree on one thing: “It’s OK to bill the taxpayers for gourmet coffee, pricey pastries, and bottled water.”

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