My Dad always used to say that any day Congress was not in session was a good day. But I think even he would be appalled at the following information.
Congress “closed” today until after the November election even though their official calendar shows that they are still “open for business”.
Between August 4 and “after the election” Congress will have been in session for a grand total of 8 days. As members of Congress make $174,000 per year, they will have been paid $5437.50 for each day they toiled on your behalf. Not a bad gig.
I suppose (although I am not doing so) that the House can be excused for its early departure as they have passed over a half a dozen bills that are simply languishing in the Senate. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D. Nv.) will not let them come to the Senate floor…no discussion, no proposed amendments, no vote, no nothing. Come on Senator Reid, bring them to the Senate floor and vote them down if you don’t like them. After all, you have a majority. To do nothing is reprehensible.
Can we get our money back?
But, it gets better, for members of Congress that is.
During the course of this year, the House has been in session for an arduous 9 Fridays. Not to be out done, the Senate has been in session for a back-breaking 3 Fridays.
And they wonder, or perhaps not, why their approval ratings are so low.