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What recession? House office budgets go up

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House office budgets go up

The House of Representatives, with little comment or opposition, on Friday approved an 8 percent increase in the budget for members' office expenses. House members will get an average $1.5 million in the budget year starting in October to run their Washington and district offices and cover travel and other official expenses. Overall, the budget for what the House calls members' representational allowances will jump $51 million to $660 million.

Same-sex count: The White House said Friday it is working to ensure the 2010 census produces a better count of same-sex couples. The survey, which has already gone to Congress with boxes for "husband," "wife" and "unmarried partner," cannot be changed, White House spokesman Ben LaBolt said. But a way has been found to count same-sex couples. Formerly, if two people in one household checked "husband," the data would be rejected. That will change, LaBolt said. The Census Bureau has previously collected, but not released, data on same-sex couples, he said. It will now be released.

Sotomayor quits club: Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor has resigned from an elite all-women's club after Republicans questioned her participation in it. In a letter to Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont and Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, the federal appeals court judge said she is convinced that the club does not practice "invidious discrimination" and that her membership in it did not violate judicial ethics. But, she said, she did not want questions about it to "distract anyone from my qualifications and record."

CIA report delayed: The Obama administration is delaying by a week its release of an internal CIA report on the agency's Bush-era secret detention and interrogation program. The report was expected to be released Friday, but CIA spokesman George Little said government officials continue to "review the document to see what additional material can be released in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act." The American Civil Liberties Union, which filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit for the release the documents, said it was disappointed by the delay.

Times wires

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