If you were aggrieved to hear that President Obama is about to embark on a 17-day trip to Hawaii that will cost taxpayers $4 million, brace yourself: Rachel Maddow reminded viewers that members of perhaps the least productive Congress ever will treat themselves to a staggering 239 days off in 2013 — with just 126 reserved for, you know, working. (The 2011-2012 U.S. Congress have passed 196 bills so far, on pace to be the lowest number ever.) In three months — January, November and December — Congress will be in session just eight days. Not approving. [Source]
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