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  •  The standard defense (3+ / 0-)
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    NancyWH, grollen, Simplify

    (and you have admit, it has some validity) is that representatives need to go back frequently to the home district to consult with constituents. So, having breaks to facilitate this is not really considered time off.

    •  They just got back from winter break! (8+ / 0-)

      What they need time off for is lobbyists who will ensure they stay in office.

      Mustn't keep the one percenters waiting, you know...

      It is time to #Occupy Media.

      by lunachickie on Wed Feb 20, 2013 at 11:20:47 AM PST

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    •  I'll bet most time spent would be at private (4+ / 0-)
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      NancyWH, zett, zaka1, mindara

      fundraisers rather than meeting with constituents.  I just looked up what calendars exist for my Rep and Senators and the Senators have meetings for Coloradans visiting Washington but there's nothing saying they're going to be going to a site in Colorado to meet with anyone.  Representative Degette's means of contact are to hold telephone town hall meetings.

      Ed Perlmutter is a Colorado Congressman who meets people at stores the way Gabby Giffords did, but he's not my district.

    •  They stay as far away from their constituents as (1+ / 0-)
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      possible...it never seems to go well for them at town meetings! LOL They're spending time with their money men.

      "An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity" Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr..

      by mindara on Wed Feb 20, 2013 at 12:05:07 PM PST

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    •  My Congresscritter never comes to my part of the (2+ / 0-)
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      district, unless it's in secret to see donors.

      Hell, when we had a Democratic rep--I live in MS--he wouldn't come around to see the people in this part of the district.

      He came once but sneaked in the back door because we were there to protest his Blue Doggishness.

    •  That's why God (0+ / 0-)

      invented the internet.

      "We are monkeys with money and guns". Tom Waits

      by northsylvania on Wed Feb 20, 2013 at 02:45:22 PM PST

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