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Congress in shock over 5-day workweek

Dec. 6, 2006 at 1:33 PM

WASHINGTON, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Before assuming their congressional majority in January, Democrats have shocked lawmakers by announcing a full 5-day work week.

For much of this year, when the legislature wasn't in recess, the work week started late Tuesday and ended by Thursday afternoon, but U.S. Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., who will become House majority leader in January, said legislators will be expected in the Capitol for votes each week by 6:30 p.m. Monday and will wrap up about 2 p.m. Friday.

The new calendar didn't sit well with everyone, including Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Ga.

"Keeping us up here eats away at families," Kingston told the Post. "Marriages suffer. The Democrats could care less about families -- that's what this says."

Current majority leader, Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, said he knows firsthand how hard it is to set a schedule for 435 members.

"Between the travel issues, the members' work schedules, the family and district issues, it was a Rubik's cube," he said.

The Senate has not yet set its schedule, the Post said.

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