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Republicans in Congress Upset At Work Week

During my hour long dinner break before going back to work tonight, I stumbled across this atrocity in the Washington Post: the monstrous Democrats in charge of the House now expect members of Congress to work almost five full days a week:

For lawmakers, it is awful, compared with what they have come to expect. For much of this election year, the legislative week started late Tuesday and ended by Thursday afternoon — and that was during the relatively few weeks the House wasn’t in recess.

Next year, members of the House will be expected in the Capitol for votes each week by 6:30 p.m. Monday and will finish their business about 2 p.m. Friday, Hoyer said.

Representative Jack Kingston, who proudly voted against increasing the minimum wage, expressed the sense of outrage felt by Republicans best:

“Keeping us up here eats away at families,” said Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.), who typically flies home on Thursdays and returns to Washington on Tuesdays. “Marriages suffer. The Democrats could care less about families — that’s what this says.”

Amen, sir. The almost 110 days spent in session by Congress last year were outrageous enough, but expect these rubber-stamping, torture-endorsing, tax-spending ‘leaders’ to put in almost a full week of work is beyond the pale. When will they have time to meet with lobbyists at fine restaurants? Discuss plans to break the Duke out of jail?

It’s really worth reading the entire article. The indignant tone of these self-righteous crooks, condeming a full week’s work as anti-family while they vote to make it impossible to raise a family on the minimum wage is repulsive. If Mr. Kingston thinks working is hard on his family, I wonder how hard he might find it to go home and tell his children that there won’t be any dinner that night? Or that he can’t spend time with the family because he’ll have to be at his second job?

On a final note, you can always count on Republicans to make this kind of news even worse. Roy Blunt, Republican Majority (for now!) whip, truly has the interests of the American public at heart:

“They’ve got a lot more freshmen then we do,” he said of the Democrats. “That schedule will make it incredibly difficult for those freshmen to establish themselves in their districts. So we’re all for it.”


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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is an eighteen-year teacher of English, former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.
His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.
In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it's a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.

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