You Can’t Make This Shit Up — A Continuing Series.

Rep. Steny H. Hoyer (D-Maryland), the incoming House majority leader has stated that Congress will start work on January 4th, and will be working full five-day work weeks.

The Republicans, architects of the three day Congressional work week (plus recesses), are going apeshit.

This priceless nugget from Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.):

“Keeping us up here eats away at families […] Marriages suffer. The Democrats could care less about families — that’s what this says.”

The next two years are going to be glorious.

14 Replies to “You Can’t Make This Shit Up — A Continuing Series.”

  1. >>By the time the gavel comes down on the 109th Congress on Friday, members will have worked a total of 103 days. That’s seven days fewer than the infamous “Do-Nothing Congress” of 1948.

    Hoooolleeeee shit. No wonder. Just… no wonder.

    I do understand that having to be in Washington 5 days a week will suck for people from Oregon or Alaska or Hawaii – but seriously – they ran for Congress, they *should* be in Washington a lot more than they’re at home.

  2. Good for Steny. Make them fucking feel what the rest of working Americans have to deal with. If they think their own marriages and families will suffer, maybe they’ll see what happens to us working 50+ hour workweeks and perhaps even throw a small bone like a minimum wage increase.

  3. I simply have no words. I’d imagine it’s hard to commute to and from DC from MARS, where Jack Kingston obviously hails from.

    I’d imagine some of the people working 2 minimum wage jobs 60-80 hours a week to make ends meet under the 109th Congress would be willing to play him a song on the world’s smallest violin.

  4. I am entirely in favor of this. I’d also note that Harry Reid has announced that there will be no Senate recesses longer than one week. The effect of this will be to prevent any more recess appointments from the White House.

    Hurray for procedural maneuvering!

  5. Not that I’m complaining too much, but since when is 6:30 p.m. Monday to 2 p.m. Friday a full 5-day work week?

    Right now it’s January-only, btw. We’ll see if it lasts past that.

  6. “Keeping us up here eats away at families […] Marriages suffer. The Democrats could care less about families — that’s what this says.”

    House Majority Whip Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), one of the architects of the lighter workweek, put the best Republican face on Hoyer’s new schedule. “They’ve got a lot more freshmen then we do,” he said of the Democrats. “That schedule will make it incredibly difficult for those freshmen to establish themselves in their districts. So we’re all for it.”

    So the “R” stands for ‘right-bastard’ party?

  7. I suppose he had best hope that the Democrats dont learn to delegate… Or heaven forbid, develop skills in using such high technology like email, or even the Telephone while they are busy representing their districts as their voters seemed to wish…

  8. ‘cos look what a motherfucken stirling job those republicans who lost their seats did when they could spend more time with their constituents rather than, oh, I dunno, legislating.

    Note I said “could”, not that they did. I guess “Five working days” might start to eat into all that time they now spend sucking satans dick for nickels. Well,that’s what I heard, anyway.

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