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2006/12/6

Capitol Hill Republicans: What? Us Work 5 Days a Week?

@ 08:49 PM (93 months, 4 days ago)

Oh cry me a river, will you?  Republican lawmakers on Capitol Hill are complaining about having to work 5 days a week next year.  (Imagine that!)

The incoming Democratic leadership in both the House and Senate have already but lawmakers on notice that they will be working longer hours next year, in order that they might actually do the business of the American people (which, if I'm not mistaking, is what they are getting PAID to do).

Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland (who will be the number 2 leader in the House under Nancy Pelosi), is currently writing the schedule for next year, and he says members of the House will be working almost every day in January, starting with January 4.  (As I've reported here on the blog before, traditionally lawmakers come to Capitol Hill the first week of January to be sworn in, and then they recess until the President's State of the Union address).

Rep. Jack Kingston, Republican of Georgia, isn't too pleased that he might have to actually work for his paycheck.  Upon hearing of the busy schedule that Democrats are planning for next year, he complained "Keeping us up here eats away at families. "Marriages suffer. The Democrats could care less about families -- that's what this says."

No sir.  What it says is that because the Republican-led 109th Congress has sat on it's laurels this year, there is much more work to do.  Your party is leaving town without finishing up critical spending bills.  Spending bills that they are leaving for the Democratic 110th Congress to deal with.

So you see, you and your fellow Republicans have had your play time. Now it's time to work.

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