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I'm Excited About the OSU/Florida Game, Too...

But the House doesn't need to shut down for the day because of it, especially since the game doesn't begin until 8:00pm. They could at least work until 5:00pm ET...Then again, when they're not in session, they're not passing intrusive laws that regulate more of our aspects of our lives...

Never mind.

Update: Those who criticize the Republicans for having a really short work week are completely right in doing so. Personally, I think being a Congressman or Senator should be a part time job. I like the idea of having citizen-representatives who live at home most of the time and then come into Washington when it's time for a vote.


Comments (15)

Yes, what a shame that the ... (Below threshold)
civil behavior:

Yes, what a shame that the REPUBILICAN Congress (the 109th) that set the record for the fewest days worked in a session might actually have to get up off their corrupt butts and do something led by the Democrats. It's no wonder they are so agianst the Dems in power, they are going to have to work again.

Boy, the whining will really get loud now. BWAHHH, me work? ..BWAAHHHH

The less "work" these clown... (Below threshold)
nikkolai:

The less "work" these clowns do, the better....

The five day work-week is n... (Below threshold)
Lee:

The five day work-week is new for the House. In the past, under Republican rule, Monday was reserved for those returning from 3-day weekends on junkets provided by oil and drug company lobbyists. Under Democratic rule, the damn Congress will work a damn 5 day week like most of the rest of us.

Since this is a new change there were reports (last week in fact - where the hell has Drudge been?) a few members of Congress complained because they had already booked themselves elsewhere, so the 5 day work week was postponed for a few weeks.

I'm amazed that you couldn't figure that out, Kim. Guess you've been busy investigating that whole Miami port kernsuffle. Here's another story you missed, Kim.

House Democrats, seeking to show they will be better stewards of taxpayers' money than their Republican predecessors, approved new budget rules Friday that require any new spending or tax cuts to be paid for by other spending cuts or tax increases.

The so-called pay-as-you-go budget rules were passed with broad support as part of a package that also requires lawmakers to disclose which "earmarks," or spending items, they have added to bills. The explosion of earmarks in recent years -- including the infamous "bridge to nowhere" in Alaska -- fueled voters' anger and contributed to Republicans' election losses last fall.

The rules changes were a one-two punch by new House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, signaling the Democrats' plans to break from the deficit spending that has marked the last six years under President Bush and the GOP-led Congress. But the new rules also could sharply curtail the new Democratic majority's efforts to boost spending on domestic programs, such as health care and education.

Damn, that was quick. Now why in the world wasn't that done while the Republican'ts were in control? Huzzah, Democrats, Huzzah!

Funny CB, you're quick to t... (Below threshold)
marc:

Funny CB, you're quick to throw a metaphorical bomb at the Rep led Congress.

And just as quick to ignore the Dem led Congress who made such a big deal about the dawn of a new day by instituting a new 5 day week work week.

How far did that go?

Lemme see the Republicans s... (Below threshold)
Tau:

Lemme see the Republicans spent only 103 days in session, while the Democrats have scheduled 143.

Now, if you want to talk about intrusive laws, look at the latest signing statement and your postal mail.

Whom here can tell me how m... (Below threshold)
Tau:

Whom here can tell me how many signing statements made on the stuff passed under the Republicans?

A signing statement attached to postal legislation by President Bush last month may have opened the way for the government to open mail without a warrant.
news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070105/ap_on_go_pr_wh/opening_the_mail

Silly neo-cons, don't you read about the intrusive laws you helped to create?

I say they go ahead and tak... (Below threshold)
_Mike_:

I say they go ahead and take the rest of the year off. The country will be better off for it.

Mike, you got that right.</... (Below threshold)
Jo:

Mike, you got that right.

I hope the democrats are enjoying their short lived power.

The less time Congress is i... (Below threshold)

The less time Congress is in session, the safer my rights and my money

Therefore, the winner plays Boise State next week

That winner plays USC the next week

And so on and so on

The righties on this blog a... (Below threshold)
civil behavior:

The righties on this blog are pretty desperate to make excuses for not wanting Congress to put in their time.

Think it has anything to do with the amount of corruption that will be uncovered whence the investigations start?

Oh boy, oh boy.......let the games begin!!

Kim, your update contradict... (Below threshold)
Anon Y. Mous:

Kim, your update contradicts itself. You say congress should be a part-time job, but you also say it was right to criticize Republicans for only working part-time.

Bwahahaha, It was the GOP t... (Below threshold)
Tau:

Bwahahaha, It was the GOP that asked for the day off, not the Democrats. When are you guys ever gonna figure out when your being used?

Contrary to an Internet report, (Drudge) Republicans in the House of Representatives asked for a day off less than one week into the 110th Congress, RAW STORY has learned. The Democratic leadership consented, and no action is scheduled on the House floor today.

Bwahahahaa.

RAW Story, eh? Well, gee, t... (Below threshold)
MikeSC:

RAW Story, eh? Well, gee, they sound awfully fair and all.

A signing statement attached to postal legislation by President Bush last month may have opened the way for the government to open mail without a warrant.
news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070105/ap_on_go_pr_wh/opening_the_mail

Ironically, he always had the power. The Amendment outlaws UNREASONABLE searches and seizures --- not warrantless ones.

Read the Constiution, OK?

And, also, feel free to name a single instance of where a signing statement (in simple terms, a statement of opinion with the sheer authority of a non-binding resolution) violated the law. I will guarantee you the ones you name won't have actually violated anything.
-=Mike

And, also, feel free to nam... (Below threshold)
Tau:

And, also, feel free to name a single instance of where a signing statement (in simple terms, a statement of opinion with the sheer authority of a non-binding resolution) violated the law.

None of them have been brought before the supreme court =) so we dont yet if they are legal., But hey if you want to destroy the checks and balances of the constituton, that what George calls a GD piece of paper, then reading it serves no purpose, does it?

Bush's statements often res... (Below threshold)
Tau:

Bush's statements often reserve the right to revise, interpret or disregard laws on national security and constitutional grounds.

"That non-veto hamstrings Congress because Congress cannot respond to a signing statement," ABA President Michael Greco has said. The practice, he has added, "is harming the separation of powers."

You speak of the Constitution, Mike, and the seperation of powers, yet that is exactly what is being abrogated, the Constitution.




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