Nice Work if You Can Get It!

meme_lazy_polar_bearA typical American worker works about 240 days every year with relief during two weeks of vacation and federal holidays.

However, that is certainly NOT the case for our elected representatives and senators in D.C.  They average one-hundred days less, or twenty-fewer weeks at work! They show up for work a mere 55% of the days that American workers do. Does this help explain why this 113th Congress gets so little accomplished?


  • In 2014, the House is scheduled to be in session for 133 days.
  • In 2012, the House was in session for 153 days.
  • In 2010 the House was in session 128 days.
  • In 2008, the House was in session 119 days.
  • In 2006, the House was in session 104 days.