Congressman David Jolly (FL-13) has introduced legislation (H.Res.457) to permanently change the standing rules of the House of Representatives to require the House to be in session a minimum of 40-hours a week while in Washington. Jolly said the current congressional calendar is clearly not producing results and the American people rightfully expect their elected officials to work around the clock to tackle the nation’s problems.
“This ‘try-nothing’ Congress needs a reality check. A work week in Washington should be no different than a work week in every other town across the nation,” Jolly said.
“Americans are sick and tired of Washington inaction. They expect their leaders to govern. Look at all the bills gathering dust while Congress braces for the next self-made calamity. Let’s give voice to the people on issues like border security, transportation, a budget that finally balances. The frustration is not that we haven’t achieved these things, it’s that we haven’t even engaged in a legislative fight to begin to advance the agenda that is right for the American people,” Jolly added.
Over the last 20 years, the U.S. House has been in session on average 137 days each year. Comparatively, the typical American worker putting in a 40-hour, 5-day workweek is at their job 241 days each year.
This means House members are at work in Washington 100 fewer days each year than the average American worker.
Last year, Congressman Jolly penned a letter to the House Rules Committee urging leaders to enhance the congressional calendar, saying the “extent of the national and global issues we face today, more than ever before, require great deliberation, robust debate, moments of conviction, and decisive action on our part. The ‘People’s House’ simply cannot address the many priorities of the nation if we are not in session more days.”
Sources: Opposing Views