As insane as it sounds, Congress will take 218 days off this year!
Preident Trump reportedly fired off a tweet storm expressing his frustration with Congress dragging their feet of the works not done. And to think they are ready to go for breaks again!
The Washington Times reported:
“Congress will take 218 days off this year. In 30-day months, that’s 7.2 months off.
For comparison, you probably get the weekends off, 104 days, plus 10 days of federal holidays, if you’re lucky, and maybe two weeks vacation, for a total of 128 days off. That means you work 237 days a year (238 in leap years). The House will be working just slightly more than the days you get off — 147 in 2017.
And President Trump has had quite enough of that.
In several pointed tweets on Tuesday morning, Trump expressed his frustration with the obstructionist Democrats in the House and Senate — as well as his own Republicans, who are thinking about just packing it in and rolling home before passing a health care overhaul bill.
A clearly miffed Mr. Trump tweeted: “The Senate Democrats have only confirmed 48 of 197 Presidential Nominees. They can’t win so all they do is slow things down & obstruct!”
And he retweeted a “Fox and Friends” post that quoted Sen. Ted Cruz saying: “SEN. CRUZ: It’s crazy to go an August recess without having Obamacare repealed. We should work every day until it is done!”
A few days before, Mr. Trump tweeted: “I cannot imagine that Congress would dare to leave Washington without a beautiful new HealthCare bill fully approved and ready to go!”
Congress had planned to work just 11 more days and then bail out of town for 38 days (nice work if you can get it!), but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell got Mr. Trump’s message. He canceled nearly half of the Senate’s summer vacation later on Tuesday, saying Congress needs more time to make progress on Mr. Trump’s agenda.
Aside from pushing the nothingburger Russia collusion story, Democrats have also obstructed even the most basic operations in the federal government. Democrats have shut down more than 90 percent of Trump’s nominations for office — for comparison, Republicans filibustered just 10 percent of President Obama’s picks in his first six months.
But Mr. Trump has some power, too, and he just might use it.
“The president has every right to call Congress back if necessary,” Marc Short, the White House director of legislative affairs, said in a White House briefing Monday.”
How do you feel about Congress taking almost as many days of break as you are working?