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The Bottom Line on a Part Time Congress
Tuesday, November 15, 2011 2:46 PM

Rick Perry has suggested the unthinkable. He has suggested something so revolutionary that it would change the way American politics fundamentally operate. 

What is it?

He thinks Congress should go part time. 

And I agree.

“It’s time to create a part-time Congress where their pay is cut in half, their office budgets are cut in half, and their time in Washington is cut in half.”

I like it. I mean, really, what kind of impact would that have though? With Congress sitting at a DISAPPROVAL rate of 83%, some revamping wouldn't hurt, would it?

Think about it. They would actually have to accomplish something when they meet, as opposed to stalling, i.e, the supercomittee.

If they only worked part time than they wouldn't have the time to talk out on committee talks, like the Democrats are doing right now, even AFTER republicans have put revenue increases on the table.

It would force them to work together because of such a time constraint. It would also cause less important ear mark bills to be cast aside, due to limited voting time.

But all this is a fairy tale. Why is that? 

Well for starters they already get off about 175 days a year due to recesses, weekends, and holidays. 

Secondly, the only people who could make those changes would be Congress themselves, and you show me a majority who would:

a - Take a pay cut

b - Limit their time in the Capitol

c - Take out a limit their terms.

It just wouldn't happen. I do agree with term limits, especially for Supreme Court Justices, but I think this is just some wishful thinking on Mr. Perry's part, but definitely these are GOOD wishes. 

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http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2011/11/15/hoyer-slams-perrys-proposal-for-part-time-congress/?mod=WSJBlog

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/other/congressional_job_approval-903.html

http://www.hannity.com/article/breaking-news-dems-walk-away-from-super-committee/14602

http://www.dsca.mil/programs/LPA/2010/2011_Congressional_Recess_Schedule.pdf

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