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Eric Cantor's 2014 House schedule allows for even MORE time off


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Here's what I wrote in 2012: Republicans control the calendar in the House of Representatives. They're cutting back their work schedule. Again.

And this: 113th Congress: Work?!

Then earlier this year I wrote this: Sequester schmequester: House GOP votes to recess for the week. Senate, too.

Here's what I wrote a few days ago: VIDEO-- Why everybody would like to be a member of Congress: Lots and lots of time off. Lots.

Here is what the calendar for the first session of the 133th Congress looked like:

congress calendar

And now, unbelievably, it's getting worse. Eric Cantor just released the House calendar for 2014:

House calendar 2014

Roll Call:

The House is scheduled to be in session 113 days in 2014.

This schedule is:

  • laughable
  • disconcerting
  • embarrassing
  • bewildering
  • ridiculous
  • outrageous
  • contemptible
  • self-serving
  • obscene
  • aw-w-wkward!

Feel free to add to the list.

Are Republicans trying to lose more voter confidence? Then again, with less time at work, there's less time to obstruct. Meantime, they can keep using their trusty town hall mob scenes meetings to spread their lies and make their threats.

Here's why I feel the way I do:

chart bills passed by Congress thru 2012 worst GOP fail

...and dropping.


VIDEO-- Why everybody would like to be a member of Congress: Lots and lots of time off. Lots.


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Back in November 2012, I posted 113th Congress: Work?! It included this segment from The Rachel Maddow Show:

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Then in February 2013, I posted Sequester schmequester: House GOP votes to recess for the week. Senate, too.

Now here we are, nearly exactly a year after my "Work?!" post, and, coincidentally, there is another Rachel Maddow video to share:

Rachel Maddow:

Nice deal right? ... That kind of a schedule and a six-figure salary for doing it? That's a combination that is impossible not to love.

More vacation... that's their big plan.

And now the GOP is thinking of cancelling more days again. During this session. Again. They're only working 19 more days this year, see, because, see, they can't figure out a way to "fill their agenda." No, I'm not kidding, watch the video.

They had time for a government shutdown, but no time to work on immigration reform. Make that, "no time to work," period. They are on track to be the most unproductive Congress in history.

chart bills passed by Congress thru 2012 worst GOP fail

Since John Boehner became Speaker, the House has accomplished nothing.


113th Congress: Work?! (VIDEO ADDED)


Hey, working is hard. You wanna try it? Get in the ring!


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Via Roll Call:

The House is not scheduled to meet any more than four days per week during the first session of the 113th Congress. A Senate leadership aide said that, although the Senate schedule released did not denote each and every day the chamber would be in session, the assumption going forward is that the Senate will generally be working five-day weeks.

They start work on January 3rd, and take a five week summer recess starting August 5th.

In addition to that recess, there will be more: One the week of February 18, the weeks of March 25 and April 5, the week of April 29, the week of May 27, the week of July 1, and the week of October 14. Eric Cantor sees House recesses coming up the weeks of November 4 and November 25, and adjourning for the year by December 13.

The Senate schedule only goes through November 11. The list below identifies expected non-legislative periods (days that the Senate will not be in session):

Date Action Note
Jan 3 Convene 113th Congress
Jan 21 Inauguration Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Feb 18 - Feb 22 State Work Period Presidents' Day- Feb 18
Mar 25 - Apr 5 State Work Period  
Apr 29 - May 3 State Work Period  
May 27 - May 31 State Work Period Memorial Day- May 27
Jul 1 - Jul 5 State Work Period Independence Day- Jul 4
Aug 5 - Sep 6 State Work Period Labor Day- Sep 2
Oct 14 - Oct 18 State Work Period Columbus Day- Oct 14
Nov 11 Federal Holiday Veterans' Day
Target Adjournment Date TBD

Updated on Nov 30, 2012

The Hill has a little more here.


Republicans control the calendar in the House of Representatives. They're cutting back their work schedule. Again.


CBS, October 27, 2011: House plans only 109 workdays in 2012:

As the party in power, Republicans control the calendar in the House of Representatives. When they took over, GOP leaders set a loose goal of two weeks on, one week off - giving members the chance to spend extended time back in their districts every third week. This calendar reflects that goal. In fact, there are only two weeks in all of 2012 where House members are slated to be in Washington all five weekdays. And there is no month in which they are scheduled to work more than 14 days.

The Hill, September 14, 2012: House cuts back work schedule:

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) on Friday announced that next week will be the final work session for the chamber before the November elections.

Cantor said he does not anticipate the House will hold votes during the week of Oct. 1, which had been the final work week scheduled until after the Nov. 6 elections. [...]

Cantor said that when the House returns to work next Wednesday, it would work on a bill disapproving of a Health and Human Services rule on work requirements for food stamps, and a bill called the Stop the War on Coal Act, H.R. 3409.

Gallup, September 14, 2012: Congress' Approval Poised to Be Lowest in an Election Year:

And they call unemployed Americans, those on food stamps or in similar dire straits lazy?

Then again, the GOP is more concerned with banning abortions and food stamps while doing the bidding of their Big Oil and Coal donors than they are in coming up with a, you know, jobs bill.


Sunday Talkers


Morning lineup:

Meet the Press: Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R); Roundtable: Rachel Maddow (MSNBC), Chuck Todd (NBC News), Former Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating and Dan Balz(Washington Post).

Face the Nation: Obama Deputy Campaign Manager Stephanie Cutter; Romney Campaign Senior Adviser Eric Fehrnstrom; Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R); Roundtable: Ruth Marcus (Washington Post), David Frum (Newsweek/Daily Beast), Michael Gerson (Washington Post), Roger Simon (Politico) and Democratic Strategist Bob Shrum.

This Week: Obama Campaign Senior Adviser David Axelrod; Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R); Roundtable: Cokie Roberts (ABC News), Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, Paul Gigot (Wall Street Journal), California Lieutenant Gov. Gavin Newsom and Peggy Noonan (Wall Street Journal).

Fox News Sunday: Sen. (R-AZ); DNC Chair/Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL); Roundtable: Former Huckabee Campaign Manager Chip Saltsman, Erin McPike (Real Clear Politics), Sociopath Liz Cheney and David Drucker (Roll Call).

State of the Union: Sen. John Thune (R-SD); Obama Campaign Senior Adviser David Axelrod; Romney Campaign Senior Adviser Ed Gillespie; Reliable Sources: Stephanie Miller (Current TV); Republican Strategist Dan Schnur; Robin Abcarian (Los Angeles Times); Ben Smith (BuzzFeed); Terence Smith (Formerly of PBS); Christine Brennan (USA Today).

The Chris Matthews Show: Michael Duffy (TIME); Andrea Mitchell (NBC News); Howard Fineman (Huffington Post) Kasie Hunt (Associated Press).

Up with Chris Hayes: TBD.

Evening lineup:

60 Minutes will feature: a report on a program designed to help the long-term unemployed back into the workplace (preview); a report on the scientists behind the real and artificial flavors that make foods and beverages so tasty (preview); and, a report on the Congo's Kimbanguist Symphony Orchestra—the only symphony orchestra in Central Africa and the only all-black one in the world (preview).

On Comedy Central...


The Daily Show

Monday: Actor Robert Pattinson

Tuesday: TBA

Wednesday: Brian Williams (NBC News)

Thursday: Actor Rob Corddry


The Colbert Report

Monday: Musical Group Fun.

Tuesday: Musical Group Grizzly Bear

Wednesday: Musician Santigold

Thursday: Musical Group The Flaming Lips

As always, thru the generosity of Silly Rabbit.


Presidential, vice presidential 2012 debate schedule


Via Taegan, we get the debate schedule. Each debate will last 90 minutes. There will be three presidential debates and one vice presidential. More details at the link:

First presidential debate (October 3, 2012, Denver, CO)

The debate will focus on domestic policy [...]

Vice presidential debate (October 11, 2012, Danville, KY)

The debate will cover both foreign and domestic topics [...]

Second presidential debate (October 16, 2012, Hempstead, NY)

The second presidential debate will take the form of a town meeting, in which citizens will ask questions of the candidates on foreign and domestic issues. [...]

Third presidential debate (October 22, Boca Raton, FL)

The format for the debate will be identical to the first presidential debate and will focus on foreign policy.

Hopefully, trying to debate someone as accomplished, bright, and measured as President Obama will make Romney look even more idiotic than he did today and has to date.

However my initial prediction: Just as there were low expectations of GW Bush, there will be the same of Romney; so, like Bush, he'll get extra points for simply surviving and even surprising everyone with a few good comebacks and lines. He'll be feisty and will try to appear tough and defiant, trying to gain respect the way Leroy Newton Gingrich did.

None of that will obscure his obvious weaknesses, but to some voters who are just waking up to the race, it will be enough.

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Sarah Palin quits trip to Sudan


Former Half-Gov Quitty McHalfWit is at it again. Let's recap: She quit as governor, she quit her fans, she quit speaking engagements, she quit her well-publicized, self-serving, needy, look-at-me, give-me-attention bus tour (although she denies it), and now she's quitting a trip to Sudan.

At least she excels at something.

(CNN) - Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin canceled a July trip to Sudan due to "scheduling problems," a source with knowledge of the trip confirmed to CNN Thursday. [...]

"She is not going to Sudan due to scheduling problems," said the source, who would not speak on the record because Palin's travel itinerary is considered private.

Palin's representatives refused to comment on the trip.

Quitty has a lot of problems, scheduling being but one of them.