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Hardly working: Congress in session 126 days next year

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Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor released the new House calendar for the 113th Congress on Friday, and if you thought the 112th Congress was unproductive—just wait.

In 2013, the House will be in session for a grand total of 126 days. Congress will spend roughly two-thirds of the year not working. In January, Congress will be in session for eight days—which, compared to August where they will be in session for two days, is considered a “full month.” June will be Congress’ busiest month with 16 whole days of work.

If only we could all give ourselves 239 days off every year.

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by on Dec. 1, 2012 at 12:25 AM
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paknari
by Silver Member on Dec. 1, 2012 at 10:42 PM
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I think we should totally just keep blaming all our problems in the president instead of addressing the fact that a congressman makes 175,000 a year to only work 126 days per year I also think it's hilarious how it comes very close to bloodshed when discussing teacher salaries because they have summers off yet we allow this.
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Simmeringhearts
by on Dec. 2, 2012 at 6:59 AM
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So, if their salary is $174,000, that is about $1300 a day. Cut that to about $200 and no perks. These people wanted to serve the people. Not be on paid vacation.

143myboys9496
by Gold Member on Dec. 2, 2012 at 10:29 AM

 Considering a legal full time employeed American, works 260 days a year (M-F no weekends)...

Out-freaking-rageous.

Quoting Friday:

That is absolutely ridiculous, we need to fire all of them.

 

Erinelizz
by Bronze Member on Dec. 2, 2012 at 11:05 AM
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As a teacher, I thank you for making this point.


Quoting paknari:

I think we should totally just keep blaming all our problems in the president instead of addressing the fact that a congressman makes 175,000 a year to only work 126 days per year I also think it's hilarious how it comes very close to bloodshed when discussing teacher salaries because they have summers off yet we allow this.

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DSamuels
by Gold Member on Dec. 2, 2012 at 2:51 PM

I don't think most teachers make too much, or even enough. I do think that some of the teachers, mainly in NYC, who don't teach but sit in a building doing nothing at full pay shouldn't be getting paid. 

That being said.....yes, congress makes a lot of money BUT they also have to maintain 2 residences - one in DC and one in their home district. They also have to travel back and forth betweeen the two, in some cases across the country. Depending on where they live (CA, NY for example) the cost of living is quite high and $174,000 isn't much. Maybe they can write off some of the expenses, I don't know. Some are quite wealthy and maybe it's pocket change to them. They can, and some do, turn down pay increases. 

If it's not affordable for the average person to run for and live in 2 places, travel back and forth, etc then we will have no one but the very wealthy in congress. And some of those are the worst ones. I don't know what the answer is. Maybe there should be a dorm type place they live in. If they only got paid for the days in session, again, only the rich would be able to afford to be there. We can't get "Average middle class" people in there that understand the middle class if they can't afford the job.

Quoting paknari:

I think we should totally just keep blaming all our problems in the president instead of addressing the fact that a congressman makes 175,000 a year to only work 126 days per year I also think it's hilarious how it comes very close to bloodshed when discussing teacher salaries because they have summers off yet we allow this.


paknari
by Silver Member on Dec. 2, 2012 at 6:44 PM
My issue isn't necessarily the pay it's the fact that they have more vacation than any other profession, they don't have to have a retirement plan like every other American due to lifetime benefits and they get many many other perks. I guarantee that if they had to pay in like everyone else we wouldn't have lost so much. They get far more than any other government employee. Not to mention a lot of military members have to maintain two households and although the housing is free it is far from what these men get for doing far more work. Maybe they should have government housing for them while in dc instead. Or are they too good for that?


Quoting DSamuels:

I don't think most teachers make too much, or even enough. I do think that some of the teachers, mainly in NYC, who don't teach but sit in a building doing nothing at full pay shouldn't be getting paid. 

That being said.....yes, congress makes a lot of money BUT they also have to maintain 2 residences - one in DC and one in their home district. They also have to travel back and forth betweeen the two, in some cases across the country. Depending on where they live (CA, NY for example) the cost of living is quite high and $174,000 isn't much. Maybe they can write off some of the expenses, I don't know. Some are quite wealthy and maybe it's pocket change to them. They can, and some do, turn down pay increases. 

If it's not affordable for the average person to run for and live in 2 places, travel back and forth, etc then we will have no one but the very wealthy in congress. And some of those are the worst ones. I don't know what the answer is. Maybe there should be a dorm type place they live in. If they only got paid for the days in session, again, only the rich would be able to afford to be there. We can't get "Average middle class" people in there that understand the middle class if they can't afford the job.

Quoting paknari:

I think we should totally just keep blaming all our problems in the president instead of addressing the fact that a congressman makes 175,000 a year to only work 126 days per year I also think it's hilarious how it comes very close to bloodshed when discussing teacher salaries because they have summers off yet we allow this.



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Sisteract
by Socialist Hippie on Dec. 2, 2012 at 6:49 PM

Getaway Friday really applies to this group.

DSamuels
by Gold Member on Dec. 2, 2012 at 8:17 PM
Maybe some use the days not in session as vacation, but I'm sure a lot use that time at the office they keep in the home district, or working on things out of their DC office. I don't know.

As to their retirement? They pay into SS. They are part of the same pension that all federal workers use. Contrary to popular belief, they do NOT receive their full salary for life. I believe the most they can get, and they have to work so many years to be vested, is around $67,000 a year. Generous? Hell yes!

I'm all for giving them federal housing, maybe a dorm, and then we could cut their pay some.


Quoting paknari:

My issue isn't necessarily the pay it's the fact that they have more vacation than any other profession, they don't have to have a retirement plan like every other American due to lifetime benefits and they get many many other perks. I guarantee that if they had to pay in like everyone else we wouldn't have lost so much. They get far more than any other government employee. Not to mention a lot of military members have to maintain two households and although the housing is free it is far from what these men get for doing far more work. Maybe they should have government housing for them while in dc instead. Or are they too good for that?




Quoting DSamuels:

I don't think most teachers make too much, or even enough. I do think that some of the teachers, mainly in NYC, who don't teach but sit in a building doing nothing at full pay shouldn't be getting paid. 

That being said.....yes, congress makes a lot of money BUT they also have to maintain 2 residences - one in DC and one in their home district. They also have to travel back and forth betweeen the two, in some cases across the country. Depending on where they live (CA, NY for example) the cost of living is quite high and $174,000 isn't much. Maybe they can write off some of the expenses, I don't know. Some are quite wealthy and maybe it's pocket change to them. They can, and some do, turn down pay increases. 

If it's not affordable for the average person to run for and live in 2 places, travel back and forth, etc then we will have no one but the very wealthy in congress. And some of those are the worst ones. I don't know what the answer is. Maybe there should be a dorm type place they live in. If they only got paid for the days in session, again, only the rich would be able to afford to be there. We can't get "Average middle class" people in there that understand the middle class if they can't afford the job.

Quoting paknari:

I think we should totally just keep blaming all our problems in the president instead of addressing the fact that a congressman makes 175,000 a year to only work 126 days per year I also think it's hilarious how it comes very close to bloodshed when discussing teacher salaries because they have summers off yet we allow this.



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JakeandEmmasMom
by Gold Member on Dec. 3, 2012 at 10:28 AM

 That is just ridiculous.

jcrew6
by Jenney on Dec. 3, 2012 at 10:34 AM
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Thanks for the info. I may have to research this further. Guess someone only wanted to point out the republican lead house and not analyze the trend.


Quoting DSamuels:

In 2009 when the dems were the majority they were to be in session 120 days which is even less.

2006 - 103 days




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