Dems Join GOP in Wishing for Long Weekends

Five-day slate leaves little time to spend in district, on campaign
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 11, 2007 1:39 PM CDT
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee member Rep. Paul Hodes, D-N.H. holds up copies of Galaxo Smith Klein newspaper advertisements for Avandia while questioning Food and Drug Administration...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – After Republicans were mocked for complaining about the five-day workweek instituted in the House, some Democrats now say they wouldn't mind a long weekend, either. New members in particular find it tough to stay in touch with constituents with little time at home, Politico reports. "Next year, members will likely have more time in their districts,” a Democratic aide says.

Majority Leader Steny Hoyer mandated the workweek to help push through an ambitious program in the first few months of Democratic control—and to make the GOP look lazy. Some Republicans think this strategy will come back to bite the new masters of the House, since freshmen, with a shaky hold on seats, will have less time to campaign.