“Here’s a question: When House Speaker-to-be Nancy Pelosi talks about what Democrats plan to accomplish in the first 100 hours when Congress convenes in January, does she mean 100 consecutive hours, as in,say,fromaMondayat10a.m.until Friday at 2 p.m., or does she mean something else?” Byron York writes atNationalReviewOnline(www.nationalreview.com).
“The answer is something else. Pelosi plans to enact the Democrats’ ‘Six for ‘06’ agenda in 100 legislative hours — not real hours. And a legislative hour is not just any hour that the House is open for business. ‘It’s when the House convenes, after the one-minutes and before the special orders,’saysPelosispokesmanBrendanDaly,referringtothetimesofday when members of Congress will sometimes drone on about any issue thatcomestomind.Atthatpace,Daly says, the first 100 hours ‘could take a couple of weeks.’
“Ormaybelonger.‘Wedon’treally have a term legislative hours,’ says a top Republican House aide. Depending how that is defined, ‘it could last for several weeks.’ ”