House Would Have To Work 5 Days A Week Under Democrat's Proposal
Members of the U.S. House of Representatives may have to start working five-day weeks if a resolution introduced last Thursday passes.
The resolution's author, Rep. Scott Peters (D-Calif.), argues that the House's workweek should run as long as most constituents' workweeks. Typically, the House sits from Monday evening through Thursday afternoon, according to The Hill.
Peters predicts multiple benefits from more time spent in Washington. "A five-day work week would increase the time members of Congress are able to spend together working on substantive legislation and would help foster bipartisan working relationships. It would also save taxpayer money by reducing travel costs of members traveling between Washington and their districts," his statement says.
The resolution would also increase the number of weeks that the House is in session from its currently scheduled 34 to 39, according to The Hill.
Other lawmakers might argue that they're not resting simply because they're not in Washington and that time in their districts can include a lot of work.