Working for the government carries perks large and small. For many congressional staffers, iPads are one of them, and they cost taxpayers a few hundred bucks apiece, The Hill
Do the staffers really need iPads in addition to the computers and smart phones that they already are given? Yes, say staffers of both parties. The tablet computers make it easier for them to work during hectic debates, for example.
They staffers also contend that iPad use also cuts down on government printing costs, as the machines frequently aren’t hooked up to printers.
Matt McAlvanah, a spokesman for Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., says she sees the tablets as an easy way to eliminate the “mountains of paper” that are often seen at congressional hearings.
“The savings grow with each new hearing that’s held,” McAlvanah said.
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