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Congress Canít Get Anything Done Because Lawmakers Are Never In Washington

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Congress Canít Get Anything Done Because Lawmakers Are Never In Washington

09.23.14 12:00 AM

With the 113th Congress shaping up to be the least productive in six decades, freshman Representative David Jolly (R-Fla.) has a novel idea to increase legislative productivity: Require lawmakers to work the same five-day 9-to-5 schedule that most working Americans already follow.

Lawmakers in the House typically show up on Capitol Hill on Monday just in time to make a 6:30 p.m. vote and are usually nowhere to be found come Thursday afternoon. Other times lawmakers work a Tuesday to Friday workweek, typically with a light load on Friday.

In a letter to his esteemed colleagues on the House Rules Committee, Jolly suggested that all the time off could be part of the reason Congress canít seem to get anything done.

ďA work week in Washington should be no different than a work week in every other town across America. A change in the rules of the House to reflect that very basic principle is one that we as a House, as Republicans and Democrats, and most importantly as representatives of our neighbors and fellow Americans, should swiftly adopt,Ē Jolly wrote in his letter.

The House will be in session for only 110 days total this year, which, according to Jolly, is not enough time to take on the major issues facing the nation today.

ďWe should be in session more. We cannot rightfully address the many concerns of the American people like the national debt, tax reform, national security and education if we are not in session,Ē Jolly said.

But Jolly says that the issue is about more than making sure lawmakers spend more days at the Capitol; he wants to be sure that each lawmaker is giving American taxpayers at least 40 hours each week.

ďI would respectfully request that your subcommittee require for any week that Congress is in session in Washington D.C. that such session run from 8:00 a.m. on Monday until 6:00 p.m. on Friday. Simply put, a work week is a work week. Our efforts should reflect those of every other working American,Ē he added in his letter.

The House and Senate adjourned on Thursday after just eight unproductive days in Congressí latest session on the heels of its five-week August recess. Lawmakers were itching to hit the midterm campaign trail.

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