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Congress Will Support Live/Work Balance For All. Right? Um..

Today's Washington Post leads with an article on how Congress will now have to work 5 days a week starting in January.

"Keeping us up here eats away at families," said Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.), who typically flies home on Thursdays and returns to Washington on Tuesdays. "Marriages suffer. The Democrats could care less about families -- that's what this says."

You know I'm glad that Rep. Kingston said this. His desire to have a live/work balance for himself must mean that he has now decided to support legislation giving all workers a better live/work balance and paid sick days, right? He must want to protect the Family Medical Leave Act, universal low-cost preschool, paid vacation days, the right for all workers to unionize so they can reclaim the 8 hour day, and other legislation desperately needed to help America's families have the same quality of life and strong family ties that he wants to have.

So it makes me wonder why truly pro-family legislation didn't get passed by the outgoing Congress. Sure, they weren't working a 5 day week but within the time they were on the floor, you'd think they could have gotten something through for American workers. Right?
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Great related post by Matt on Left in the West

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Posted at 10:45 AM, Dec 06, 2006 in Congress | Employment | Government Accountability | Health Care | Labor | Middle-class squeeze
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