Congress has an approval rating of 9%. From this, we can only conclude that those 9 out of every 100 Americans haven’t seen this chart:
You are looking at the House of Representatives schedule for this year. The shaded days are the ones that the House was in session. Now compare that to your work schedule. What? You didn’t get six weeks off this summer? And you did more than 8 days in November? Your job sounds tough. Maybe you should run for office.
In case you prefer numbers to visuals, here’s the month by month breakdown:
January: 8 days on, 23 days off.
February: 11 days on, 17 days off.
March: 11 days on, 20 days off.
April: 12 days on, 18 days off.
May: 12 days on, 19 days off.
June: 16 days on, 14 days off (whoa! Don’t stress yourself Congress!).
July: 14 days on, 17 days off.
August: 2 days on, 29 days off.
September: 13 days on, 17 days off.
October: 19 days on, 12 days off.
November: 8 days on, 22 days off (can you blame them after that hectic October?)
December: 8 days on, 23 days off.
Okay, to be fair, those “off days” are mostly not off. They are fundraising days. That’s what members of Congress spend most of their time doing: talking to rich people and asking them to pretty please help fund my reelection. The rich people often do this, not because they are kind, but because they want the laws to bend in their favor, and making Congresspeople beholden to you is a great way to do that. That’s the real outrage. It would be one thing if those off days were spent meeting with voters, studying policy and hashing out bills, and sure, politicians do that too, but more than that they are trying to keep their jobs., and that means fundraising.
Oh, and here's the kicker. After this strenuous year, the House will be taking more off days in 2014.