One Of The Main Reasons Congress Is Getting So Little Done Is Because They Will Have 218 Days Off In 2017

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Would you like to have a job that gave you 218 days off a year? According to the official calendar put out by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, the House of Representatives will only be in session for 147 days in 2017. And that is actually an increase from last year. In 2016, there were only 131 legislative days for the House. So if you are wondering why Congress never seems to get anything done, this is one of the biggest reasons. The sad truth is that members of Congress simply do not spend a lot of time doing what they were elected to do.


If you are an average American worker with a full-time job, you probably put in around 240 working days a year. If you have to work that hard, why can’t Congress?

And actually things used to be even worse. The New York Times looked back at 2013 once it was done, and they found that the House was only in session for 942 hours for the entire year. When you break that down, it comes to about 18 hours a week.

If you go all the way back to 2006, there were just 104 legislative days in the House. It is almost as if they just decided to take pretty much that whole year off.

This is what I am talking about when I say that we need to “flush the toilet”. Those that are fortunate enough to be chosen to represent us in Washington should be some of the hardest working people in the entire country, and unfortunately we are getting just the exact opposite.

In the past there have been efforts to make members of Congress work full work weeks, but those efforts have always ended up failing

Some attempts have been made to force members of Congress to work full weeks. In 2015, for example, a Republican lawmaker from Florida, Rep. David Jolly, introduced legislation that would have required the House to be in session 40 hours a week when members of the House were in Washington, D.C.”A work week in Washington should be no different than a work week in every other town across the nation,” Jolly said at the time. Jolly’s measure failed to gain traction.

Congress gets especially lazy during the summer months. Many Americans don’t realize that every year Congress takes the entire month of August off. And actually, the House will be on vacation from July 29th all the way to September 4th in 2017.

Wouldn’t it be nice if you had the entire month of August off every year?

This year, U.S. Senator David Perdue is proposing that the August vacation be canceled because there is so much for Congress to do. According to Senator Perdue, there are five major tasks that need to be accomplished by September 30th

First, we have to complete the work on the first phase of repealing Obamacare and fixing our health care system.

Second, we have to pass a budget resolution that will work within the reconciliation process for changing the tax code.

Third, we have to use the appropriations process to fund the federal government by the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30.

Fourth, we have to deal with our debt limit. The Treasury Department has used extraordinary measures to buy time since the national debt hit its limit of $19.8 trillion in March.

Fifth, we have to finally act on our once-in-a-generation opportunity to change our archaic tax code, but we will only be able to do so if we achieve the first four priorities.

If those things don’t get done in time, members of Congress should not expect the voting public to have any sympathy for them.

Of course there are many that would argue that members of Congress actually work very hard and that they need all of that time off to “serve their constituents”. The following comes from Snopes

Members of Congress have two jobs: represent their constituents and govern. These responsibilities do not always go hand in hand. Representing constituents means speaking with them in person, holding town hall meetings, organizing rallies, attending to casework, and otherwise being present in the district or state they represent. This is not easily done from a Washington office. Supporting or opposing legislation is an important part of a member’s’ job. However, it does not come close to capturing members’’ range of responsibilities. This is why even when Congress is out of session, members are at work. Most members of Congress work a five-to-six-day week. The representative aspect of Congress’’s job is almost completely ignored in these statistics.

Yes, without a doubt it is important for members of Congress to go back and interact with those that elected them.

But at the end of the day their main job is to do the work that they were elected to do.

And even when they are in Washington, many of these Congress critters are spending much of their time on activities that have nothing to do with legislation. For example, in his new book entitled “Giant Of The Senate”, Senator Al Franken admits that he often spends much of his day on the phone raising money…

“It’s not uncommon to have three straight hours of call time scheduled as part of your day. … It’s brutal.”

This is why we need federal term limits. If members of Congress were not so busy constantly raising money for their next elections maybe they would have time to actually get something done in Washington.

In November the American people gave the Republicans control of the White House, the Senate and the House of Representatives. Enormous amounts of time, money and energy went into those campaigns, and now we want to see some results.

Instead of flying off for a month-long vacation in August, Congress should stay in town and get to work. The Republicans have already wasted much of the first half of 2017, and the mid-term elections are right around the corner.

It is time to change the way that Washington works, because right now we have a system that is deeply broken.

  • Guest

    Do you believe that you will change this if you’re elected to Congress?

    • EVERYONE who runs for Office says he will change the bad stuff, only to succumb to it like everyone else.

      Remember the phrase “drain the swamp”? Yeah, see how the swamp just got fuller and more crowded by richer alligators? That’s how that works, and every four years we fall for it again, like Charlie Brown wanting to kick the D@^& football.

      • Guest

        I did not vote in the last election. In fact, I have not voted at any level–local, state, or federal–for many years now. Every four years we are led to believe that we have a choice. But the candidates are chosen for us by The Powers That Be.

        Unlike you, I don’t dislike Donald Trump, though I could not and did not vote for him. But I believe he’s president because he is who the elite wanted to be president. I further believe he is a scapegoat who will be blamed for the next downturn in the economy, along with “conservatives.”

        I do agree with you that Trump has already proven to be a typical politician in that he has reneged on some of his campaign promises.

  • PoorBoy2

    I think I am going to have to disagree with you on this one. Congress has more responsibilities than just being in session. They have responsibilities at home in their districts and hopefully keeping their fingers on the pulse of what matters to their constituents.

  • joanofark06

    Next Article: One of main reasons Trump is NOT making America great again.

    I can come up with 5 reasons, right now!

  • “If members of Congress were not so busy constantly raising money for
    their next elections maybe they would have time to actually get
    something done in Washington.”

    A.) 100% true.

    B.) Why is Crooked Donald busy fundraising for his 2020 run? Oughtn’t we expect HIM to start taking his job seriously??

    foxnews. com/politics/2017/06/21/trump-re-election-campaign-to-hold-first-fundraiser-in-washington-d-c.html

  • amongoose

    Their salary is what 173k? 365 – 218 is 147.
    Forget the 218 days off, give me a job that pays me the 10k a day like they are getting.

  • Red Rhino

    Public workers in general work less, earn more, have great benefits, and in most case defined benefit pensions.

  • Shawn Meehan

    Term limits sound really great. In these times of the uneducated serfs being driven to an emotional fervor, their angst is being guided by the Marxists against the wrong problems. Term limits wrongly seems to be an easy solution to a problem caused by a society that has become shallow and uninterested except in times of crises. Essentially, our problems are the results of We The People being unengaged and seeking quick emotional faux solutions to problems created because we’ve been thinking short term, only responding to emergencies, we have caused, by, yes, previously only seeking emotional, short term solutions.

    Term limits allows We The People to deny the problem is our fault, wrongly of course. We can go back to voting for whomever wears the badge of our party or buys the most lies via TV commercials. An argument I always try to use, because I’ve seen it personally and it is powerful, as well as real: To found America and keep her free, nearly 1.4 million Americans have given the ultimate sacrifice. They are dead. They died for us. Without question we have a duty to slow down and get this right. We have a duty to meet candidates in our communities, coffee shops and churches. We have a duty to read their financial disclosures, learn if they cheat on their spouse, and shake their hands and look in their eyes. We have to duty to make every best attempt to elect honorable men, and, when the scallywags slip past our newly-affirmed efforts at Due Diligence, we must turn them out of office. We must do that, not rely on parchment barriers to do it.

    The Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union had term limits. Why did the Founders not include them in the new constitution? The framers of the constitution knew term limits did more harm than good.

    – Gouverneur Morris: “The ineligibility proposed by the [terms limitation] clause as it stood tended to destroy the great motive to good behavior, the hope of being rewarded by a re-appointment. It was saying to him, ’make hay while the sun shines.’”
    — Madison’s notes at the Constitutional Convention, 1787

    – Alexander Hamilton: “Nothing appears more plausible at first sight, nor more ill-founded upon close inspection [than term limits]…. One ill effect of the exclusion would be a diminution of the inducements to good behavior. There are few men who would not feel much less zeal in the discharge of a duty when they were conscious that the advantage of the station with which it was connected must be relinquished at a determinate period, than when they were permitted to entertain a hope of obtaining, by meriting, a continuance of them.”
    — Federalist, #72

    – All members of Congress in their final term would have no incentive to be responsive to their constituents. This greatly increases the influence of special-interest lobbyists. In other words, if you think Congress is corrupt now, just wait until we have term limits! With 535 seats in Congress, 469 are up for election this year. If the people want them out, the majority of Congress can be fired this year (and every two years).

    – “Now, more than ever before, the people are responsible for the character of their Congress. If that body be ignorant, reckless, and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness and corruption. If it be intelligent, brave, and pure, it is because the people demand these high qualities to represent them….”
    — President James Garfield

    Easy explanation for reps in Washington. They are there because we send them there. The only solution is an informed electorate, which would term limit anyone politician, any time it wanted to. There is nobody to blame for the “status quo” but ourselves.

    Can you name one political office that has term limits imposed on it that has been filled with nothing but constitutional conservatives since the term limits were imposed?

    Knowing the dangers of a lame duck session of congress, could you imagine how much worse things would be with the entire Congress in an endless state of lame duck?

    Also, term limits would take out the good politicians that we have. For example, why would you want to term limit Rand Paul, Justin Amash, Mike Lee, or Thomas Massie? To name a few.

    In short, if the goal is to hold politicians to the powers enumerated to them by the Constitution, there is no evidence to suggest that term limits would solve anything.

    • RockyMtn1776

      Good luck ever getting a term limits bill passed into law !

  • Shawn Meehan

    When members of Congress are not in session, they typically attend several events / meetings per day back in their district. As someone that works closely with his Congressman, I can say they work as much, if not more, than the typical full time employee. We can rightly argue that Congress doesn’t typically get what we want done, but they aren’t always on vacation as this article wrongly presents.

  • Misterkel

    Okay, congress sux – but having them spend more time making laws AINT the answer, imo. Anyway, who says the ONLY part of the job is being in session. I’m sure in a legitimate Congress (I know this one isn’t) there would be work outside of session.

  • Molonlabe

    America would be better off if they had more vacation days. They don’t do what they are elected to do because they don’t work for us. America has been taken over by foreign banks.

  • Molonlabe

    Term limits would just put a bunch of snot nose libtard college scum in charge. If we get are guys in office I want them in there as long as possible. What if we had a touch of Ron Paul’s in office? Term limits are stupid.

  • Stephen Randel

    Has we considered just paying the guys to stay home; stay away from the camera, the talk show, the cable news interview? I am thinking that our country would be better off.

    • FVS

      I kind of like the way Texas does it. The Legislature is limited Constitutionally to one 140 day session every other year. Come to town get your job done and get the hell out.

  • FVS

    Counting g the weekends it’s actually 242! 365-242=121/5=24.25 actually work weeks out of 52. No wonder every lazy good for nothing parasite wants the job!

  • Hank

    They should be out of session for more days than that. It`s not the number of days they have off that bothers me, it`s that they still get paid by the tax payers on those days off. I want Congress to be out of session for many more days, because they are debating on too many issues that they have no authority to be taking up. Look at how many days Congress was only in session during the Founder`s days.

  • MichaelfromTheEconomicCollapse

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