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Either way, the U.S. Senate needs to show up, work and get the job done.
Alaska Sen. Dan Sullivan has been adamant about the Senate not taking a summer recess until it has done just that. Instead of leaving Washington, D.C., for four weeks, senators may go for the first week in August, but must return for the final three weeks of the traditional recess.
Sullivan wants the Senate to confirm the presidential nominees in limbo and pass legislation, including appropriations bills, in an attempt to avoid the last-minute “vote for-it-and-find-out-what’s-in-it-later” practice of recent years.
Sullivan points out the Senate has work to be done and it should get it done before it takes a break.
Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who often takes break time to travel around the state and meet with constituents, isn’t as enthusiastic about the cancellation. But, she, too, is committed to getting the job done.
She notes that if senators would work a full week instead of quitting early Thursday afternoons and not starting again until Tuesday mornings to accommodate long weekends for senators, that would achieve the same result.
Between the two senators, lies the answer.
Senators, all of Congress for that matter, should be working a full week — as do the people who elect them, Monday through Friday, no late arrivals and no early departures on a regular basis. Then, if that doesn’t provide them the time to get the work done, then cancel every extended break.
The government should be working at least as hard as the public it is employed by. Many members of the employed public not only work full schedules, but often work weekends and holidays, and even forgo vacations when duties necessitate it.
The public asks no more of its elected officials than what is does of itself. A full work week should be the least, especially with all of the talk about training and putting people to work by elected officials.
Are they talking about a three-day work week or a full five days? Makes one wonder.