Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Work Week Is A Quality Of Life Issue

Republicans are upset that the new House schedule for January doubles the amount of time they are expected to be in Washington.
"Keeping us up here eats away at families," said Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.), who
typically flies home on Thursdays and returns to Washington on Tuesdays.
"Marriages suffer. The Democrats could care less about families -- that's what
this says."
How dare they ask for a four and a half day workweek?

To be fair, Rep. Elton Gallegly (R-Calif.), who had intended to retire this year, only to be persuaded to run again, wondered whether the new schedule was more than symbolic.
"If we're doing something truly productive, that's one thing," he said. "If it's
smoke-and-mirrors hoopla, that's another."
It's time to get something accomplished.

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