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Congress has been under fire as of late for taking an excessive amount of vacation. Deroy Murdock argues in the National Review that considering how little congressional Republicans, in particular, have done to pass Trump's agenda, he is stunned that Congress continues to adjourn early. 

With the federal budget, tax reform, Obamacare repeal and replacement, DACA, numerous corruption scandals, hurricane destruction, North Korea’s nuclear threat, and so much more on the table, the House wrapped up a four-day week last Thursday at 1:34 p.m. Thereupon, the House escaped Washington, took Friday off, and now stands adjourned through the entire week of September 18.

President Trump apparently shares this sentiment, and many pressured the president to use his executive power to call Congress into session during their August recess.

Coupled with the GOP Senate’s epic fail on Obamacare, after which senators headed to the beach for their own month-long hiatus, the Republican Congress’s lassitude is breathtaking. Extremely urgent matters pile up, unattended, and the Republicans who ran and got elected to address them with free-market ideas are, too often, AWOL. President Donald J. Trump evidently has been appalled at his fellow Republicans’ acute vacation-itis.
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But as Christopher Beam explains in Slate, Congressional recess is hardly a vacation. Recess allows representatives to maintain a strong relationship with their constituents by returning to their home districts with regularity. If Congress stayed in D.C. all the time, they'd likely become more out-of-touch than the American people already believe they are.

Members of Congress don't like to think of themselves as on vacation, which is why they call their recesses "work breaks" or "home-district periods" rather than "time off." Depending on how safe their seat is—and the proximity of the next election—members will probably spend some portion of the recess attending town halls, meeting with community leaders, or visiting local haunts like barbershops to take their district's temperature. 

Beam also points out that historically, being a member of Congress was considered a part-time job, and Congress works many more days now than they used to.

Throughout the 19th century, being a representative or senator was a part-time job—six months in Washington, six months back home, with legislative sessions beginning in December and ending in May. (Congress wanted to avoid the summer heat in the District.) These abbreviated work schedules were the result, in large part, of how difficult it was to travel cross-country. Even by rail, it took more than a week to get from California to Washington, D.C. Plus, Congress simply had less to do than it does now.
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Members of Congress often boast about all the constituents they are able to meet with while on recess.

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But some aren't buying it, and think Congress should work harder and take far fewer vacations.

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