Cat_Herder_GoatRoper writes "They are wildly unpopular, and on pace to be the most unproductive ever. While you work long hard hours, the House gave themselves 240 days off this year. ”It doesn’t seem fair. Nobody gets that many days off,” one taxpayer told 13News Now. And few people make $175-thousand dollars a year. Members of Congress also get great benefits like a retirement package, health care, even a gym membership. ”Oh, yea, I’d love that job,” another taxpayer said. After spending just 125 days in Washington this year, the upcoming month-long summer recess might be an opportunity for members to earn the $700 a day salaries you pay them by seeing first hand the effects of sequestration back home. "If they’re in Washington in their little bubbles, they’re not seeing the effects of that,” said Quentin Kidd, a government professor at Christopher Newport University. Kidd says the sequester will hit Hampton Roads hard this summer, and if the congressional delegation sees the pain people are feeling from something congress is directly responsible for, they might be more willing to strike a budget deal. ”I think they should be here. I think they should be on the street. I think they should be hearing what people are saying about what’s happening to them,” Kidd added. 13News Now checked with our local delegation about their summer plans. Randy Forbes’ office told us the congressman will use the break to, “focus on individuals and families burdened by furloughs.”"
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