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sad sally Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 09:49 PM
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Poor little overworked congresspeople - 2012, a whopping 109 days.
The announcement of the 2012 schedule even led to a Twitter battle between the press offices of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., and the No. 2 Democrat, Steny Hoyer of Maryland, over how Congress is being run.

"As with this year, the goal of next year's calendar is to create certainty and productivity in the legislative process, protect committee time and afford members the opportunity to gain valuable input from their constituents at home," Cantor said in a letter to colleagues as he released the calendar scheduling 109 legislative days in 2012.

Under the tentative calendar, the House would have only six voting days in January. There would be three working days in August, when Congress usually takes off, and the House would be off from Oct. 5 until a week after Election Day on Nov. 6. The last scheduled session of the year would be on Dec. 14.
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Hoyer said the House has had only 111 days of legislative business this year and the floor schedule "has prevented the House from getting anything done to create jobs."

http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/story/2011-10-2...
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NYC_SKP Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 09:52 PM
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1. Ironically, we'd be in better shape if they hadn't met more than 2 days in the past 10 years...
If you catch my drift...

:patriot:
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sad sally Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 09:53 PM
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2. Time for a new form of government, maybe?
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Autumn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 09:57 PM
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3. Leeches sucking off the government tit
for all intents and purposes they are worthless.
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undergroundpanther Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 09:59 PM
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4. Imagine
getting to vote on your own salary and how many days you would work..for said salary.
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sad sally Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 10:05 PM
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6. $174,000 a year for 109 days = way too much (about $200 an hour)
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pscot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 10:02 PM
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5. Thirty-seven working days
between August 4th and New Years. Must be a modern record for fecklessness.
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ChairmanAgnostic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 10:06 PM
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7. Bah. What a load of . . .
Edited on Thu Oct-27-11 10:08 PM by ChairmanAgnostic
Do you know just how hard they really work?
How many fund raisers they attend?
How many lobbyists they juggle to maximize their personal campaign funds?
How many balls they must lick to insure financial support for the future?
How many asses they must kiss to insure that their corporate owners' interests were protected?

It is hard work being a prostitute, it is even harder being a prostitute while wearing brooks brothers, with a Gucci tie, Johnson Murphy shoes, and a Rolex.

These fuckers work so hard raising money and protecting their corporate owners, that you cannot imagine how hard they work off the clock.
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sad sally Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 10:18 PM
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10. How right you are - 'da whoring ain't easy work...
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ChairmanAgnostic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-28-11 12:16 AM
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15. Plus the risk of infections.
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RegieRocker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 10:08 PM
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8. Those under the table deals wears them out and takes up most of their time.
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MADem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 10:08 PM
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9. I think they ought to take their salary, divide it by the number of workdays
that ordinary Americans work in a year (we'll give 'em the Monday holidays, and maybe sixty days--that's two full months--of "back in the district" time to connect with their constituents--that's pretty generous) and we'll only pay them for the days they ACTUALLY work.

Whaddaya wanna bet either they'd legislate a lot more, or they'd solve their problems quickly so they had time to work a second job?

Bums.
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DCKit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 10:18 PM
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11. Our "favorites" work far longer hours. Don't forget that.
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Angry Dragon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 10:47 PM
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12. How many days have Bachmann and Paul worked lately??
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Jack Rabbit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 11:08 PM
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13. A modest proposal
Congresscritters will henceforth be paid by the hour for the time they spend in the chamber or in committee. Time spent with lobbyists is already covered by the individual lobbyist; it does bother the lobbyist, since he is reimbursed by his corporate client. Nothing will be paid when on foreign junkets and no expense report need by filed. However, this may inspire some creative congressional chairman to establish a Congressional office building in Bimini, where Congressional hearings may be held.
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Historic NY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 11:30 PM
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14. "The Do Nothing Congress".
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Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-28-11 12:19 AM
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16. Boehner's busy
Creating jobs at his favorite bar.
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