Thursday, August 24, 2006

Analysis: U.S. House To Spend Just 79 Days In Session This Year

Nearly sixty years ago, President Harry S. Truman infamously derided the 1947-1948 Congress as the "Do-Nothing Congress" for meeting for only 108 days. Well, Harry must be rolling in his grave, because the current U.S. House of Representatives (now on their annual August break) is projected to spend a mere 79 days in session in 2006.

This is largely due to their extended "district work periods" in which they go home and meet with constituents, campaign and fit in a few rounds of golf. While most Americans returned from their holiday vacation in the first week of January, the House took nearly the entire month off, commencing the session on January 31st. In February, the House met for only 47 hours, an average work week for many Americans. While the year still has over 4 months to go, the calendar leaves a maximum of only 16 additional days for the House to complete its business.

Meanwhile, the Senate is also projected to have a light workload this year, devoting only 125 days to legislative business, a 34-day drop from 2005.

-- Congresspedia, Aug. 23

3 Comments:

Anonymous rodeodance said...

they created lots of horror in 79 days. I would say cut it to zero.

3:37 AM  
Anonymous izzie said...

It seems like about 700 days.

One has to wonder if we have a tree left standing in any national park by now. The infrastructure of the country seems to be pulled out like an old knit sweater.

3:38 AM  
Anonymous BuffyTheFundieSlayer said...

Gee I wish I could make over $165K to work barely more than 1/5 of the year.

3:49 AM  

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