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Thursday, January 11, 2007

Five Day Workweek for Congress Postponed

The new Democratic-controlled House pledged as one of its reforms that they will work a five day week, like the rest of us. But that reform idea stalled before it even got in gear as House Whip Steny Hoyer delayed the start of the new session, and the urgent "100 Hours" agenda that elected them, by a day so that members could attend the college championship game.

How totally lame. Even blowhard Democrat Dick Morris thinks the Dems have lost a lot of credibility by this move:
It is...a blunt metaphor for how genuinely out of touch the members of Congress really are. How many other Americans do you suppose were given the same perk? A day off because of an evening football game?

Their record has been dismal. Last year, the House and Senate worked an average of about two days a week for their salary of $162,500. Nice work if you can find it. Responding to well-deserved criticisms, the new House majority leader, Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), with great fanfare, promised a five-day work week. But that was just talk. When it was the Republicans who were scheduling the eight-day month, Hoyer was outraged. But now that the Democrats control the calendar, he considers a football game to be a legitimate excuse for a vacation day. And there won't be a five-day work week at all in January. The Martin Luther King holiday falls next week and the Democrats and Republicans are holding respective retreats during the following two weeks. The Democrats are planning a day of speeches in two weeks, including one by Bill Clinton. Hey folks, ever think about doing this on a weekend?

So the promised "five-day" work week starts on Tuesday at 6:30 and ends at about 2 on Friday -- more like a two-and-a-half-day work week.