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GOP-led House slashes its own budget 5 percent; David Rivera misses the vote

From AP: "The Republican-controlled House voted Thursday to trim members' office budgets by $35 million, a symbolic down payment on a promise to bring the budget deficit under control.

"With the bipartisan 410-13 vote, lawmakers said they were leading by example as they work to fulfill a promise to return most domestic accounts to the levels in effect before President Barack Obama took office."

Miami Republican David Rivera -- who assailed government overspending on the campaign trail -- missed the vote. His office said he was "unavoidably delayed by constituents and when he got to the floor the vote was closed." He said he filed an explanation of his absence and said he would've voted in favor.

Fellow Florida Republican Gus Bilirakis also missed the vote. Every other Florida Republican and Democrat voted in favor. Rivera isn't the only new member to wrack up a missed vote: The Orlando Sentinel notes that Daniel Webster missed a procedural vote on his first day, as did Frederica Wilson.