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It is that time of year everyone wants -- summer vacation but not everyone gets one unless of course you are a member of congress and they don't just get one.
Right now the House of Representatives is on its seventh week long break this year several weeks and it's only two of the -- -- -- spent five weeks away from Washington meantime bills on student loans highway funding an extension of middle income tax cuts of -- hanging.
So how does kind of get away was going on vacations have -- job Ed O'Keefe from the Washington Post joins is that to CNET as well as many -- went -- talking to constituents and they do.
You know they they they go to breakfast they -- -- lunches they meet with business leaders they go to schools they inspect construction projects.
They also go to New York or Los Angeles or Chicago to raise money.
Some don't go overseas on assignments for their committees -- to be conferences.
But this is the seventh full week of the year that the house is not in Washington doing what you know people -- -- to do which is to come here and debate the issue.
Well another house it's a little bit more work in terms of bills from the senate -- senate's doesn't have a budget the house is done that a corset it's going to be -- it would be rejected by the senate and unless.
They've -- little more work.
Certainly Republicans would say they have yes that they passed dozens of bills -- the job creation and fixing the economy that are sitting dormant -- on the senate side being all but ignored.
The senate has taken five full weeks away from Washington we'll take another one until -- for the fourth of July which is -- the house will take its eighth.
-- week away from Washington is so it's you know it's it depends on how you look at it would certainly Republicans would say we've we've done our job we passed these bills and it's up to the senate that take.
-- S and did the Republicans in fact.
The minority leader run Nancy Pelosi has written a letter to the speaker saying.
Let's not take this vacation -- and that's typical that's happened in the past you see the opposition party sort of trying to force majority to stay put saying look we're.
If you would it elect us we would stay in Washington and do our job well.
-- proven -- that isn't necessarily what happens I think any members of congress besides said the minority leader with say they would they should stick around and get some of these other issues you know -- others have said that in the past they can't think of any have to -- my head right away but certainly others would say you know I'd much rather be in Washington this -- doing this that said.
He talked to guys when that when the schedule comes obviously you know what I actually like to schedule because.
Yes we can go to Washington pretty much for two straight weeks.
But there when -- go home he gives me an opportunity to meet with the voters to meet with the constituents to sit back of my staff and -- legislation we should be proposing.
Can get some feedback and then go back to Washington and get to work again and each member a member of the house is running for reelection apps and his adult facility campaign -- -- right.
I'm -- -- listen to use it day of breaking tonight the Washington Post about the secretary of commerce would have breaking up at the Commerce Department has just come out with a statement that says that the John Bryson who of course was allegedly in this.
Series of car crashes over the weekend -- for President Obama tonight.
That'll be taking a medical leave of absence and immediately transferring his functions and duties to the deputy secretary.
Should become the acting secretary of commerce for now.
He's not he says I will not perform the functions and duties of my office -- by operation of law as my first assistant you'll -- -- that the threesome for the -- so.
It's sort of caps about 48 hours worth of -- -- what exactly happened and there -- -- other -- to -- you have set for hit and run but the toxicology screen came back no alcohol that's what the Commerce Department has said in the police in the LA area haven't disputed that.
Does he have a medical business to business or random that nobody expected this all of sudden he is this is this first medical crisis like -- -- we've asked the Commerce Department in the White House about his medical history they haven't offered that up I guess you know for for privacy reasons and may also not be certain we just don't know just yet.
And the white house Press Secretary was asked today is he fit to serve and they didn't.
He directly answer that question it may determine through this medical -- -- -- a perhaps he isn't fit to serve he will determine that himself.
But you're talking to our medical correspondent the post and he pointed out that often older Americans who suddenly do have neurological issues often they discover that they have them.
Because of a car accident where they had some kind of mental uncertainty or some kind of a seizure so it could be and again we don't know.
That in fact that this was just part of and neurological episode that could be leading to something more serious plus sub sentence said that is -- and -- -- -- -- -- and.
-- Ed thank you good to see it.
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