President Trump has grown tired of Congress not doing what they promised because they always need to take time off. In a given year, members of congress are on vacation for no less than four months. Lately that has been more like six or seven. While senators and representatives are often working when congress isn’t in session, a new report released by the WHOIP says that the American taxpayer is still footing the bill for no less than 14 weeks of paid vacations per year.
While the president has no authority over congressional pay, as it’s laid out by federal law and on the books, the chief executive does have control over distribution of benefits, which is how Trump has managed to do things like taking away Obama’s pension until he reaches retirement age. In an order signed today before he left for Mar-a-Lago for the weekend, Trump made it clear that in order to be compensated for vacation time, members of congress must be present on the floor for all roll calls and votes while their chamber is in session. They must also remain in Washington while congress is officially in session, even on weekends.
Trump spokesman and Twitter handler, Jeff, released a statement just minutes ago:
Congress is going to learn that they are representatives of the people who earn a very nice salary with extraordinary benefits. In order to reap the benefits of their position, they won’t be galavanting off to their home states on weekends on the taxpayer dime and taking vacations whenever they see fit. They may determine their own salaries, but the chief executive still maintains control over the treasury that disperses it.
Looks like congress is getting the hint that even if you’re a Republican, President Trump is going to make sure you serve the people.