Traditionally, our Congress takes a recess for the month of August.  Scheduled this year to run from August 9 through September 12, the Recess is one of many planned “breaks” from work on Capitol Hill.  They are off over the start of the new year and did not get back to session until late on January 19.  They then took February 15 to 21 in honor of President’s Day, March 29 through April 11 (they won’t say so but it was for Easter), May 31 through June 6 for Memorial Day and then July 5 through July 11 for Independence Day.

Shortly after Congress returns from the August Recess, it plans to adjourn for the session on about October 8th (that is the day the House is shooting for with the Senate as yet undecided).  This gives Members and Senators almost a month where they can officially campaign for office, again.  Add it all up (not counting Federal Government Holidays that do not fall when Congress is in recess) and there are over 170 days of recess.  That means Members and Senators are at their normal jobs for less than 200 days a year

Pending your point of view, all these breaks are a waste of taxpayer money.  When you consider that Members and Senators earn a minimum of $174,000 per year plus some juicy (and costly) benefits, taking one day off (to campaign to keep your job), costs taxpayers at least $475 (that is assuming the Congressperson works 365 days a year), but more likely $750 (assuming 250 work days and a small amount for benefits). So with 535 Senators and Members, that is somewhere between $254,125 and $401,250 per day that Congress is not in session.  Or you could say that incumbents are paid that much to campaign for reelection.

My view is that when Congress is out of session, it saves taxpayers money.   Yes, we are paying them while they are not working, but that means they are not spending as much.  My guess is that Congress spends a wee bit more than $401,000 per day when in session.

Just received the following video from a friend and couldn’t pass up adding it to this post:

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