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Times are tough all over America, and Washington is no exception. And no one knows that more than freshman Congressman Jason Chaffetz, Republican of Utah. He can't afford the high rents in the nation's capital, so he found a more economical option ...

He'll just live in his office.

Instead of renting a Washington, D.C., apartment, the Utah Republican plans to live in his Capitol Hill office to save money, while his family stays in their home in Alpine, Utah.

Chaffetz arrived in Washington this week, with his son Max, who helped unpack the car. Among his possessions is a cot, wrapped in a trash bag and duct tape, which Chaffetz plans to set up in his office.

"I'm trying to live the example that it doesn't take big dollars in order to get where we want to go," Chaffetz said. "I can save my family $1,500 a month by sleeping on a cot in my office as opposed to getting a fancy place that's maybe a little bit more comfortable."

Apparently, Chaffetz couldn't find any DC roommates to split the rent on a real apartment - after all, that's what Chuck Schumer, Dick Durbin, Bill Delahunt, and George Miller do. It's economical and fun!

But hey, sleeping in an office on Capitol Hill isn't that bad. You can shower in the gym locker room, and even get some work done there while you do! It can be pretty cozy, too, at least until they turn off the heat at 11 PM.

Did you try Craigslist, Congressman?

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