WASHINGTON (AP) — The five-day workweek, an idea alien to congressional culture in recent years, is about to make a comeback. "We are going to work longer hours, we are going to work full weeks, we are going to have votes on Mondays and Fridays," new Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., advised his colleagues at the opening of the new session on Jan. 4.
Other Americans, from teachers to police officers to factory workers, put in five days a week on the job, Reid said. "Shouldn't we here in Washington, where we do our business in this laboratory we call the Senate, do the same?"
No. Part of the business is done at home. One of the biggest problems we have is politicians spending too much time in the beltway away from their districts. Part of a representative's job is to spend time here in the district, away from the poisonous atmosphere that is DC.
The other problem is that the longer Congress is in session, the better opprotunity of a bad law passing that screws over our country.