Do you work as hard as your Congressman does?
WASHINGTON D.C. – It’s hump day, and if you’re like most of us, you’re already counting down the hours until the weekend. In fact, if you’re like most of us, you’ve already burned up most of your vacation and are counting down the rest of the year. Too bad you’re not a U.S. Congressman. If you were, you’d already be done with 2014 and kicking up your heels.
Check this out: the U.S. House of Representatives is only scheduled to be in session 133 days this year. That means that if you went back to work January 2nd, had regular weekends off, took federal holidays and burned two weeks of vacation, you’ve already worked 141 — nearly one-and-half weeks more than your congressman is scheduled to work all year.
How do you like them apples?
“I work at a fast food place and I work 6 days a week,” Houstonian Culen Harris says, “so for them to make more than me, they should put more effort and more time into it.”
Bianca Wright agrees. “They need to switch because it ain’t right; they got a home to live in, food, cars, kids, all that type of stuff, so I think they should do better than what they’re doing.”
On average, your Congressman works 100 days less per year than you do. And with a salary in the neighborhood of $174,000, it’s a good bet they earn a lot more too. And now, after failing to pass a last-minute immigration bill, they’re off for a five-week recess to do “business” back home — you know, constituent lunches and a few rounds at the golf course.
Hey, if that isn’t enough to make you want to shake hands and kiss babies, nothing will.