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Rep. Steny Hoyer, the Maryland Democrat who will become House
majority leader and is writing the schedule for the next Congress,
said members should expect longer hours than the brief week they
have grown accustomed to
For lawmakers, it is awful, compared with what they have come to
For much of this election year, the legislative week started late
Tuesday and ended by Thursday afternoon — and that was during
the relatively few weeks the House wasn't in recess.
Next year, members of the House will be expected in the Capitol
for votes each week by 6:30 p.m. Monday and will finish their
business about 2 p.m. Friday, Hoyer said.
Hoyer and other Democratic leaders say they are trying to repair
the image of Congress, which was so anemic this year it could not
meet a basic duty: to approve spending bills that fund government.
By the time the gavel comes down on the 109th Congress on
Friday, members will have worked a total of 103 days.
That's seven days fewer than the infamous "Do-Nothing Congress"
Hoyer said members can bid farewell to extended holidays, such
as the six relaxing days around Memorial Day, when most
Americans get one day off.
He didn't mention the monthlong August recess, the two-week
April recess or the weeks off in February, March and July.
He said members need to spend more time in the Capitol to pass
laws and oversee federal agencies.
"We are going to meet sufficient times, so the committees can do
their jobs on behalf of the American people," he said.
Originally posted by RRconservative
Thinking of new ways to tax the American people takes time, therefore the 5-day Congressional work-week. Remember the new Majority has not had power in 12 years, and they want to make up for all that time you got to keep more of your money.
Dealocking Congress is a good way to spend a 5-day work-week!