Why don't we all take Thursday and Friday off so that we can go and watch Florida and Oklahoma play for the national title.
I'll tell you why not. Jobs, family responsibilities, cost, travel arrangements, and all kinds of other different things. But that's not how one of our hard working employees sees it. Cliff Stearns, a congressman from Florida, sent a letter to Nancy Pelosi asking for the time off. Seems watching it on T.V. between the 5 minutes it might take him to vote on something just isn't good enough.
"As you may be aware, on Thursday January 8, the University of Florida and the University of Oklahoma will play for the national football championship. Members of the Florida and Oklahoma delegations have expressed interest in attending the game as the congressional schedule allows. However, votes are currently scheduled to continue into Thursday night and Friday afternoon. We ask that you move these votes to either Wednesday and/or Thursday morning to allow Members to attend this historic game." (The Express Times)
As if they didn't get enough time off to campaign and go on junkets, in addition to the lack of anything they get done when they are working, this one tops it all.