Family Unfriendly

Family Unfriendly - THE HILL: December 6, 2007 Family...

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THE HILL: December 6, 2007 Family unfriendly By Betsy Rothstein Like any new member, Rep.-elect Tim Walz (D-Minn.) is elated about coming to Congress and changing the country for the better. He also has a heavy heart. Come January, when his congressional career begins, the time he has with his children, Hope, 5, and Gus, 7 weeks, will fall drastically. His family, like those of many other freshmen, is not moving to Washington. Sen.-elect Jon Tester’s (D-Mont.) wife, Sharla, is expecting the couple’s third child in January. The family will keep a home in Montana and is searching for an apartment in Washington. Rep.- elect Bill Sali (R-Idaho), the freshman class president, is also not planning to move his family here. Walz and his wife, Gwen, will reassess the situation in May. “My daughter likes to hang out with me and she probably won’t in a few years,” said the congressman, contemplating a bitter reality. He is going through the same difficult decisions that most new members face coming to Congress. But he and his classmates might land with a bigger bump than previous newcomers because Democratic leaders such as Speaker-elect Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) and incoming Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) want to extend the congressional work week, making the weekend commute for Walz and others less desirable. “We’re going to work more than Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday,” Reid declared at a recent Christian Science Monitor breakfast. When Republicans came to power in 1994, they worked so hard in the first 100 days on then- Speaker Newt Gingrich’s Contract with America that several members divorced before the Congress let out. This January, lawmakers could be setting themselves up for another family-unfriendly Congress as Democrats try to contrast themselves with the Republican masters of what they called the “Do-Nothing Congress.” “To have the younger members up there four and five days a week is a disaster to their
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This test prep was uploaded on 04/04/2008 for the course PS 123 taught by Professor Lane during the Fall '07 term at Saginaw Valley.

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