Which party spends less days in Congress?

It’s no surprise that Congress takes more breaks per year than the average American, Spanish, or even Greek family.

Congress is in session for less than 1/3 of the calendar year.

But is it true that one party stays in session longer than another?  Do Democrats really work harder than Republicans?

According to this meme from Occupy Democrats, the House Republicans are lazy.

Democrats controlled Congress from 2007 to 2011.

Let’s see how the calendars stack up.

2007: 164 days

2008: 119 days

2009: 159 days

2010: 127 days

Then, Republicans took control of the House in the 2010 election.

2011: 175 days

2012: 153 days

2013: 159 days

2014: 104 days (thus far, through the August recess)

In fact, since Republicans have held Congress, they’ve been in session more days than the Democrats every single year (and the same 2009/2013).

“But it’s an election year!” you say.

Ok, let’s take 2010–the last year the Democrats were in control of Congress and a midterm election year, just like 2014.

Democrats were in Congress exactly 12 days from August 1 to the 2010 election.

According to the Republican calendar above, they will be in Congress exactly 12 days from August 1 to the 2010 election.

By the way–the Democrats had both the House AND the Senate the entire time, and the Presidency for half the time–which means they had plenty of opportunity to pass bills on jobs, infrastructure, the minimum wage, the climate crisis, immgration reform, extending unemployment, and equal pay for women.

The Republicans have not held the Senate or the Presidency since they took control of the House in 2010.

So why are Democrats so lazy?


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