Would you like to have a job that gave you 218 days off a year? According to the official calendar put out by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy,
the House of Representatives will only be in session for 147 days in
2017. And that is actually an increase from last year. In 2016, there
were only 131 legislative days for the House. So if you are wondering
why Congress never seems to get anything done, this is one of the
biggest reasons. The sad truth is that members of Congress simply do not
spend a lot of time doing what they were elected to do.
you are an average American worker with a full-time job, you probably
put in around 240 working days a year. If you have to work that hard,
why can’t Congress?
And actually things used to be even worse. The
New York Times looked back at 2013 once it was done, and they found
that the House was only in session for 942 hours for the entire year.
When you break that down, it comes to about 18 hours a week.