I don’t follow this. The 20th amendment changed the start of Congressional and Presidential terms of office to start in January instead of March. Was there also something in there mandating that Congress meets year-round instead of part-time?
I don’t disagree about sending Congress home and having them be in Washington less. But, I’m just unclear what that amendment to the Constitution has to do with that.
I dont disagree about sending Congress home and having them be in Washington less. But, Im just unclear what that amendment to the Constitution has to do with that.
It's true that the Amendment moved the beginning of Presidential/Congressional terms from Mar. to Jan. But Congress used to meet from Dec. to Mar. and then dismiss when their terms ended. Although the terms of new members of Congress began officially on 3/4, unless called into emergency session they didn't actually assemble until the following Dec.
I had thought the 20th Amendment had something to do with this. With terms expiring on 3/3 Congress met through the winter months and then adjourned until the following Dec. unless called into emergency session. If the terms remained restricted the mere change of dates wouldn't be that important.