How many days has Congress worked this year? A lot fewer than you

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If you’re at work and already counting down until quitting time on Friday, maybe you should consider a run for Congress, because they’ve only worked 28 out of 69 days so far this year, which is slightly more than half as much an average American (based on a five-day work week).

The Washington Post has done the full breakdown:

In a typical week, members of the House and Senate work only two full days: Tuesdays and Wednesdays. For these purposes, we’ll call full days when committees begin public hearings around 9:30 a.m. or 10 a.m. and votes continue into the late afternoon. When either chamber meets on Thursday, it’s usually done as early as late morning and usually no later than 3 p.m. so lawmakers can get out of town by Thursday evening. Neither chamber has cast a vote this year on a Friday.

While that may look bad for our elected officials, they’re actually putting in more time in 2014 than they did up to this point last year:

Interested in digging a little deeper? Check out the House calendar and the Senate calendar. Published calendars are just a guideline; accessing the roll call votes for the House and Senate shows actual dates they’ve been in session.

Via Washington Post

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