Because they aren’t!! I’m not being facetious, I’m serious. The Republican controlled House, the Party currently running and ruining the show in Washington is NOT serious about governance, compromise, bipartisanship, ANYTHING except collecting their paycheck. The party dedicated to reducing the budget, cutting entitlements, waste, fraud and everything else is one of the biggest loafers, welfare recipients to drain the government coffers and they do so by merely showing up for work and doing absolutely N-O-T-H-I-N-G. Remember this? It was a year ago we brought you the work calendar for the House of Representatives which showed members of that body working a total of 126 days for all of 2013. That’s a little over 4 months out of the year! Four! Luckily they were scheduled to work two weeks in September and two weeks before the debt extension deadline but the week of the deadline date itself they were scheduled to be off!! They’ve gone and done one better for 2014. Next year they’ve lopped off 13 days from their work schedule and will only work 113 days next year. That’s less than 4 months out of the year. Take a look for yourself Last year I wrote
They (members of the House) are scheduled to work for only 126 days for a yearly salary of $174000. That’s almost half the number of days the average American works for a whole lot more money. In other words, they work half as long as we do and get paid more…..and that’s if you’re just a normal member of Congress. Cantor gets $19,000 more or $193,000 and the Speaker of the House, John Boehner gets $223,000 yearly….all to obfuscate and obstruct Obama’s legislative agenda to the detriment of the country.
Jed Lewison, writing for Daily Kos put up an interesting graphic comparing the congressional work schedule with that of the average American and the comparison is stark. If you think there’s anyone in Congress who is a champion of your rights and values, unless you’re a crook, thief or Wall Street banker you should disinvest yourself of that notion right now. Like anyone else who gets away with murder, or robbery, members of Congress are quite content to do as little as possible for as much as they can get!
- House Reduces Workdays On 2014 Calendar After Working So Hard In 2013 (huffingtonpost.com)
- Congress Working In D.C. Less Than 1/3 Of Year In 2014 (miami.cbslocal.com)
- Congress gets paid during a shutdown, while staffers don’t. Here’s why. (washingtonpost.com)