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When I heard they were about to take off for 5 weeks I thought that was excessive. But 23 1/2 weeks?! There's only 52 weeks in a year. No wonder nothing gets accomplished! How many weeks do you get? If you ask me, this needs to change! It's one of their many perks we just can't afford!
Do they actually get 'vacation' or do they go do work in their states? I know my Senators and Congressmen have offices in their jurisdictions. Those offices have staff that answer phones.
Honestly, they should go the way many states do and expect their elected officials to have other jobs to make their living. Since this is essentially a part time job, it should pay like one. They should only be paid an hourly sum when they are in session if they do not do work outside of the office.
Answer by QuinnMae at 11:07 AM on Aug. 2, 2012
Answer by yourspecialkid at 2:40 PM on Aug. 2, 2012
OK.. I'm not endorsing this but I think that is so they can spend half the year actually in their own states staying connected to the people they are supposed to be serving. The majority of that time is supposed to be "working at home" vs. in DC. They don't live in DC full time so they have sessions - a time when they are all there to vote and do committee work.
Answer by Crafty26 at 3:36 PM on Aug. 2, 2012
Answer by Crafty26 at 3:38 PM on Aug. 2, 2012
Answer by jewjewbee at 9:53 AM on Aug. 2, 2012
Answer by frogdawg at 1:24 PM on Aug. 3, 2012