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Additional decorations must come out of the lawmaker’s pocket

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Rep. Aaron Schock’s (R Ill.) new office in the Rayburn Office Building, which was designed to resemble the dining room of the PBS show ”Downton Abbey.” (Ben Terris/TWP)

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House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, right, at the ceremonial swearing in of Rep. Aaron Schock, R Ill., left, Jan. 6, 2015 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

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