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House cuts Justice Department money over Fast and Furious documents fight

In this April 24, 2012 file photo, Attorney General Eric Holder speaks in Little Rock, Ark. A House Committee is preparing a contempt citation against Holder in a dispute over access to documents from a flawed gun tracking operation. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The GOP-controlled House has made clear that it’s unhappy with how long the Justice Department is taking to hand over documents regarding a U.S. gun-tracking operation in Mexico.

By a voice vote, the House agreed to a symbolic $1 million cut in money for salaries at the department. That move was orchestrated by South Carolina Republican Trey Gowdy during action Tuesday on the Justice Department spending bill. Gowdy says Congress has been too patient with the department.

In Operation Fast and Furious, U.S. agents hoping to track weapons allowed hundreds of guns to flow from U.S. gun shops in Arizona into Mexico. Two of the guns were later discovered at the scene of the killing of a U.S. border agent.

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