The 2 1/2 Day Senate Work "Week"

Lost in the Foley scandal is this gem:
Sen. Arlen Specter, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, last Monday delivered an unusually candid assessment of the Senate's notoriously light work schedule.

In a National Press Club luncheon speech, Specter noted it was "very hard to convene a Monday morning hearing" because of extended weekends. He continued: "We've fallen into a routine . . . of starting our workweek Tuesday at 2:15 after we finish our caucus luncheons, and people start to get edgy and heading for the airports early on Thursday. So we might increase the workweek by 50 percent, say, to three days."

As USA Today points out: "Lawmakers will make $165,200 this year. Leaders earn more."


p.s. The USA Today article also has this gem of a quote:
"I don't think there's anything wrong with them being out of Washington,” says John Samples of the Cato Institute, a think tank that favors limited government. "They might be better representatives."

Absolutely. If you define "representatives" as "Corporate Whores".

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