Bunking Hill

By Ralph Hipp

I was very interested in the conversation on one of the cable "news" programs which really is an interview about a controversial issue.  It was with the Congressman from Illinois, one of several who say instead of buying an expensive home in Washington and wasting expensive gas to drive home at night -- he has been sleeping on the couch and living in his Capitol Hill office!  His day (or I should say, his night schedule) is from 9 to 5.  He works until 9:00 at night, and starts working at 5:00 the next morning.  So why should he bother going home at night?  He said he has one home, the home in Illinois with his family.. and he's not about to look into a second home in DC.

Federal codes say Congressmen (or women, Lynn are you listening??) sleeping in their offices is an ethics violation and a potential security risk.  Critics say Representatives bunking on Capitol Hill turns out nation's House and Senate chambers into a "fraternity house."

I don't know.. I thought it was a pretty good idea.  Here's another one.  If they're sleeping in their offices and taking showers in the House gym, they should return some of the pay they would receive for their Washington living expenses.  How about you?  Is this crazy.. disrespectful of the offices they hold, or just a creative way to save some money in some disastrously tough times?  I'd like to hear from you!  And I'll be home this weekend, not sleeping in the newsroom BTW.   RH

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