The Hill: House Republicans on Wednesday unveiled a 2011 schedule that will keep lawmakers in the nation’s capital for shorter periods of time, allowing them to travel home more frequently. The schedule represents a major change from how Democrats have run the lower chamber over the last four years.

Under the new calendar, House members will have a cycle of being in session for two weeks in Washington and then spending the following week in their home districts. Incoming House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said the new schedule would create “certainty” for members.

… Intent on winning back their majority, Democrats will be targeting many Republican freshmen in the new Congress. Politically, Republicans believe that allowing members to go home to their districts more will keep them in touch with the needs of constituents and increase their chances of reelection in 2012.

… “In total, it contains 123 days and 32 weeks of session,” Cantor said … Democrats countered Cantor’s announcement by pointing out that the House was in session for 152 days in 2007 and 148 days in 2009.

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Thank you Ladyhawke

Does this give the the Republican majority in the House of Representatives even less time to introduce zero jobs bills?

16 Responses to “work-shy”

  1. 1 desertflower
    June 29, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    Do the math. $174,000/yr 123 DAYS of work. These are the people talking about fiscal responsibility???????????????????????

  2. 2 desertflower
    June 29, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    And I might add….with NOTHING TO SHOW FOR IT!! HEY BONER>>>>WHERE”S THE JOBS???

  3. 3 StR
    June 29, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    If the GOP leaves Washigton as per their schedule – President Obama should borrow from a President Bartlett stunt and hold a presser from the empty House floor asking “I’m here, the debt ceiling is a gravely serious issue – Where is the Republicans?”.

  4. 5 PoliticalJunkessa
    June 29, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    “Politically, Republicans believe that allowing members to go home to their districts more will keep them in touch with the needs of constituents and increase their chances of reelection in 2012.”

    ^^^ Well that’s a miscalculation. Don’t they realize that the more people see them, the less they like them? Bwah!

    All they’re doing is wasting time and money (now even more money on traveling costs) — Bums! 😈

    • 6 meta
      June 29, 2011 at 1:57 pm

      Yeah, so the taxpayers are paying more for their travel and I don’t see any evidence that they use this time wisely except for Nancy Pelosi who sends out newsletters about all the work she is doing in SF every time she is home.

  5. 7 Doris
    June 29, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    What does the MSM have to say about this? There’s an out cry when the President takes a vacation though or when the First Lady takes a trip anywhere with the girls. He can’t even take a helicopter trip to Camp David without them being all over him. They have the nerve to talk about how much fuel Air Force One burns. Totally unbelievable.

    The media and the Congress want the President to fail, period and they don’t give a damn if they take this country down with him.

    • 8 theo67
      June 29, 2011 at 2:35 pm

      There’s an outcry when the President takes a weekend off, or goes golfing on Saturday or Sunday (heaven forbid that he golf on both Saturday AND Sunday – see the outrage this past weekend)!

      Fact is, if the Repubs were spreading factual information while at home, and not just spreading hate and falsehoods, then this might make sense. They are simply playing golf, fundraising, planning more evil, etc.

  6. 9 LYNND
    June 29, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    Like The President said an hr ago (sic) they need to stay in Washington and do their damned jobs. I hope he makes them stay in session until they get the debt ceiling issue resolved. Serves them right.

    • 10 theo67
      June 29, 2011 at 2:36 pm

      Yeah – they want to pretend to be in session so he can’t make recess appointments that will help him run the government and protect the people. If they want to pretend they’re in session, then make them actually be in session. I tweeted this to Sen Reid a few days ago.

  7. 11 gc
    June 29, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    The public is wising up. They know our nation has serious problems. Hopefully these lazy creeps will get reamed on their “certainty” breaks.

  8. 12 Tulips
    June 29, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    chipstick do you thing with this video its priceless

  9. 13 meta
    June 29, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    This is disgusting but let’s not also forget that Republicans use even more tricks to keep Congress minimally “in session” so PBO cannot make any recess appointments. They are CROOKS.

    • 14 Doris
      June 29, 2011 at 1:59 pm

      So true Meta. They just want to break him, that’s their ultimate goal and they don’t give a damn if they break this country in the process. History will not speak well of these folks.

  10. 15 MoObama
    June 29, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    This is why they can’t get any work done…they are so busy keeping in touch with the poor people back home.
    The president called them out on that today in his press conference.

  11. June 30, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    I LOVE MY PRESIDENT!! “I’m here!! I’m doing Afganistan, Bin Laden, the Greek Crisis!!” & WTF them b-iaches doing??

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