For many years, Congress had been known as the "Tuesday through Thursday club", but Democratic leadership promised to change all that and work like most Americans, five days a week.
But just one day after Majority Leader Harry Reid told his Senate colleagues that they would have to work longer hours, they were off the next day. And last Monday, in the interest of bipartisanship, Congress took another day off, so members could attend a college football championship game.
Congress is closed today for the Martin Luther King holiday. And there are more congressional breaks to come—later this month, Republican and Democrat retreats will shut down the House for two days each, making two three day work weeks in a row.