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Obey makes no apologies for staff bonuses

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Former U.S. Rep. Dave Obey says his staff worked round the clock during his final days in office, and he makes no apologies for handing out more than $90,000 in taxpayer-funded bonuses.

Obey is a Democrat from Wausau.

The Appleton Post-Crescent reports Sunday that financial reports show Obey issued the bonuses to 14 staff members on Jan. 1 and Jan 2 -- his last two days in office.

Obey says his long run in Congress meant a lot of extra work for staff members, who had to go through 42 years of office files, and remove sensitive information about constituents.

Bonuses are common in Congress.  A 2010 study by the Chief Administrative Office shows 77 percent of offices that responded to a survey had issued bonuses.

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