Skip to comments.EXography: Some senators, including Harry Reid, rarely go home; other senators do it constantly
Posted on 07/23/2014 6:58:32 AM PDT by cotton1706
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid rarely makes time to travel back to Nevada and listen to the voters who sent him to Washington, according to a Washington Examiner review of Senate disbursement records.
Reid's office budget showed only 11 trips in three years, far fewer than any other senator.
Other high-profile senior lawmakers have records that aren't much better. Democrat Sen. Dianne Feinstein averaged only nine trips to California annually, according to Senate office travel logs. That's one-third as many as most lawmakers.
As legislators prepare to adjourn to their home states for the August district work period, the Washington Examiner looked at rarely-studied government records covering the three-year period ending in March 2014, showing the travel budget of each members taxpayer-funded office.
Reid spokesman Adam Jentleson said the Senate Majority Leader actually traveled "over 100 percent" more than that.
Can Harry Reid be effective only coming home eight times a year? asked Nevada political analyst John Ralston. I suppose it depends on what your definition of a senator's job is.
To give him his due, he is the most powerful Democrat outside of the president in the country, so that provides a benefit to the state, Ralston said, noting that as majority leader, Reid has a much better excuse for not getting home than some of his more-junior colleagues with sparse travel records.
But by being so long in D.C. since 1982 and by ascending in leadership to the pinnacle, he must fight the perception that he is a capital creature, as opposed to a Nevadan, Ralston said.
Philip Blumel, president of US Term Limits, was more blunt: Harry Reid has the most powerful position in the Senate and he doesnt have to trouble himself with the little people back home.
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I live around the corner from Ed Markey. Haven’t seen him since election night.
I wonder what the breakout is between Dems and Reps.
I used to see Coburn every week and Inholfe occasionally.
“I wonder what the breakout is between Dems and Reps.”
There’s a chart at the link if you want to check it out.
Some senators, including Harry Reid, rarely go home......To them, DC IS HOME.........................
When I was a youngster I lived in the DC area and had an older cousin who was the secretary for our Congressman. Back then, Washington was not fully air conditioned, including many of the older Congressional Office Buildings. Therefore, the Congress operated very much like the Supreme Court does today. They wrapped things up in June and didn’t come back to town until the end of September. The staffs were still at work, but it was sleepy hollow. The members were back in their home districts. I freely roamed the halls of Congress and the Capitol building with only a few staff members to be seen. While there were many long serving members, they would never be accused of forgetting or not visiting their home states.
The era of the professional career Washington insider who only goes home when an election is scheduled is a modern phenomenon that wasn’t possible before air conditioning.
When in DC ,Congress Critters should have to live in Barracks
Harry Reid couldn’t find Nevada on a map. Heck, most DC parasites probably couldn’t find the USA on a map of the United States.
Repealing the 17th Amendment will fix this problem.