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Republican View Only Opinion Given In Reporting of New Congressional 5-Day Work Week

Reported by Janie - December 7, 2006 -

During last night's (12/6) "Special Report", host Brit Hume spent a portion of his "Two Minutes of Hate" (AKA "Grapevine" segment) discussing incoming House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer's decision to lengthen the Congressional work week from 3 days to 5. After explaining the decision, the only opinions provided by Hume were Jack Kingston's (R - GA) and Elton Gallegly (R - CA), which of course, were both negative.

"Incoming Democratic House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer is shocking some and angering others by abolishing what's been called the 'Tuesday-Thursday club,' the three-day work schedule Congress typically follows.

The Washington Post reports Hoyer wants members at the Capitol by 6:30 p.m. on Mondays for votes — and to stay until about 2:00 p.m. on Fridays. He also says he'll cut down long weekends and extended holidays.

Republican Jack Kingston of Georgia says the longer schedule will make things tougher at home but 'the Democrats could care less about families.' Republican Elton Gallegly of California wonders if the idea is what he calls 'smoke-and-mirrors hoopla.'"

Oh, poor babies! Having to work a full five-day work week like almost every other American. The last session of Congress worked only 103 days, a full seven days less than the infamous "do nothing Congress" of 1948 (note: this was also a Republican-controlled Congress).

The current salary of a Representative is $165,200 for the current three-day work week which the Republican controlled Congress has been observing.

This same Republican-controlled Congress has refused to raise the minimum wage since 1997, while consistently voting for pay increases for themselves. According to CNN:

"During the past nine years, as Democrats have tried unsuccessfully to increase the minimum wage, members of Congress have voted to give themselves pay raises -- technically 'cost of living increases' -- totaling $31,600, or more than $15 an hour for a 40-hour week, 52 weeks a year, according to the Congressional Research Service."

The Republican-controlled Congress has also not moved to end the 5-day work week for average Americans. In fact, they will still be working less hours than an average American worker under Hoyer's plan. By Kingston's line of thinking, does this mean Republican's couldn't care less about average American families?

Maybe Kingston is just worried he won't have enough time for those lunches on K Street anymore.

The segment only covered opinions of Republicans that are currently in office, while ignoring every one else, especially the American people who pay these officials large sums of our money to work short hours and accomplish an iota of what we've sent them to Washington to do.

Expect more segments along these lines in the next two years. Even when Democrats are working to make Congress more efficient, Fox and the Republicans will find an absurd way to complain.