How would you like to have a job that required only two or three days a week of work and paid $165,000 a year along with exceptional health care and pension plans?

That’s the deal members of Congress have.

It was supposed to change: Shortly after the Democrats won control of Congress, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer announced that House members would be subjected to the hardship of working a five day work week. Well, sort of.

According to Hoyer, the House would begin its session each week by 6:30 p.m. on Mondays and finish business by about 2 p.m. on Friday. Not exactly five days, but a big improvement over the average two day work week of the last Congress.

And the Senate promised to reform its schedule, too.

But it turns out that there’s not been much change at all.

Since the beginning of the year, the House has only been in session for 45 days – slightly more than three days a week. That’s better than the Senate’s record – it was only in session for 36 days, an average of less than three days a week.

So far, as of April 11th, neither House has been in session for a single day.

House members are paid $162,500 a year with additional increases for those in leadership roles. Nice work if you can get it, isn’t it?

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