WASHINGTON -- Rep. Zack Space is bargain-hunting for flights. Rep. Charlie Wilson has begun walking to work. Student groups throughout Southeast Ohio are now "visiting" Washington, D.C. by video conference calls, instead of in person. Soaring gas prices are starting to squeeze Congress.

WTOV9.com sifted through congressional office budgets and discovered some local members of Congress are paying significantly more in travel expenses than they were in 2007. Taxpayers ultimately foot the higher bills.

During winter 2008, even before the recent surge in gasoline prices, Space's travel budget soared to $17,217. It had totaled only $13,591 in winter 2007.

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