The House of Representatives own bank had 8,331 checks bounce in one year. Those who wrote them were holding hearings on the deficit and were unavailable for comment.

- The bank made good on the checks without a penalty; something to remember next April 15 when you are doing 90 mph trying to get to the post office by midnight.- Campaign commercial: "Vote for a man who understands this nation's finances. His checking account is an exact replica."

- Mark Russell