Sleep­ing in clos­ets

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - VOICES -

In your re­cent ed­i­to­rial you praise the fru­gal­ity of con­gres­sional rep­re­sen­ta­tives sleep­ing in their clos­ets at night. I be­lieve you over­look some­thing far more im­por­tant.

We would be bet­ter served to pay them a hous­ing al­lowance and have them work full time in­stead of three days per week for 30 weeks a year. There is far more to do than Congress can achieve in 90 days, es­pe­cially when some of this time is spent out of cham­bers at sep­a­rate build­ings mak­ing phone calls and rais­ing money. Very few of these mem­bers ac­tu­ally use their time at home com­mu­ni­cat­ing with con­stituents un­less they are spe­cial in­ter­ests or large donors.

Ad­di­tion­ally, if they spent the ma­jor­ity of their time in Wash­ing­ton, D.C., they might ac­tu­ally get to know each other, al­low­ing the for­ma­tion of per­sonal re­la­tion­ships that might lead to far more of the bi­par­ti­san­ship we used to see in pre­vi­ous times. PHILLIP J. PETERS

Lit­tle Rock

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