The 2016 House Calendar: No Wonder Congress isn’t working


2014 Calendar, 2013 Calendar

Our House representatives are scheduled to be in the District of Columbus doing the “People’s Work” on 110 days next year.

The Washington Examiner states, “House sets shorter 2016 calendar to prep for election“.

The Huffington Post reports that “House Gives Itself Well-Deserved Break, Will Average Two Workdays A Week In D.C. For 2016

The New York Times’ headline: “2016 Legislative Calendars Leave Plenty of Room for Campaigning

Occupy Democrats claims they are taking 255 days off and reminds us that they have “voted down every single family leave bill ever.” (See full statement at the Snopes site linked below). calls the Occupy Democrats claim FALSE, reminding us that members of Congress have two jobs, the one in Washington and the one being back in their district “speaking with them (constituents) in person, holding town hall meetings, organizing rallies, attending to casework, and otherwise being present in the district or state they represent.”

It is not surprising that they feel that they need to be in the district the  99 days out of the 117 days directly before the November 8 election. No wonder Congress isn’t working.

About pystew

Retired Teacher, political science geek, village trustee. I lean a little left, but like a good political discussion. My blog, the New NY 23rd (http://newny23rd) is about discussing the issues facing the people of our new congressional district. Let's hear all sides of the issues, not just what the candidates want us to hear.
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1 Response to The 2016 House Calendar: No Wonder Congress isn’t working

  1. whungerford says:

    Is Tom Reed working or campaigning when he has his picture taken here and there in NY-23 or when he makes fundraising calls? He might be working at self-interest but hardly for the public interest.

    Members of Congress who commute to the Capitol, even sleeping in their offices, have little chance to socialize with other members; This may contribute to partisan gridlock.


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