If you ever wondered why politicians barely get any work accomplished during their terms as a ‘public servant’, we have the answers.
Well, at least a good idea why.
Joseph Curl from the Daily Wire postulates three reasons:
1) Lawmakers are now so partisan that they vote only the party line, without regard to their constituents’ needs.
2) The massive influx of lobbyist money means that every member of Congress is owned by special interests.
3) Those elected see getting re-elected as their primary job, so they never — ever — do anything to rock the boat.
Of course it’s hard to boil down this issue to just three reasons, but you get the general idea.
Very simply though, if members of congress put in the same amount of hours of work like most Americans do much more would be accomplished.
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy published the official calendar for 115th Congress, first session. It shows that lawmakers in the lower chamber will have 218 days off.
Curl did the math and compared that to an average American’s work year: For comparison, you probably get the weekends off, 104 days, plus 10 days of federal holidays and maybe two weeks vacation for a total of 128.
That means you work 237 days a year (238 in leap years). The House will be working just slightly more than the days you get off — 147 in 2017.
According to Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) this schedule means the Senate has just 35 working days before the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30. Considering where this nation is at, with a new administration and all the reform it is bringing, that is hardly enough time.
Perdue writes his concerns in a Daily Signal piece titled “It’s Time to Pull the Plug on August Recess.”
First, we have to complete the work on the first phase of repealing Obamacare and fixing our health care system.
Second, we have to pass a budget resolution that will work within the reconciliation process for changing the tax code.
Third, we have to use the appropriations process to fund the federal government by the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30.
Fourth, we have to deal with our debt limit. The Treasury Department has used extraordinary measures to buy time since the national debt hit its limit of $19.8 trillion in March.
Fifth, we have to finally act on our once-in-a-generation opportunity to change our archaic tax code, but we will only be able to do so if we achieve the first four priorities.
Due to the amount of work, the senator believes August recess needs to be canceled.
“The only appropriate response is to cancel, or heavily truncate, the annual August recess that turns the United States Capitol into a ghost town,” states Perdue.
To accomplish this change there would have to be a vote.
But good-luck finding politicians who would agree or even be in town to vote.