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How about senators working five days a week?

Former Senate majority leaders Trent Lott and Tom Daschle have a crazy idea: U.S. senators should start working five days a week like most Americans. On the “Charlie Rose” show on PBS, Lott said that senators “jump on an airplane Tuesday morning to fly up here and the first question is, ‘When can I leave Thursday?’” Daschle added: Lawmakers are “leaving on Thursday and coming back on Tuesdays and trying to govern this incredible country on Wednesdays.” It would also help if they attended committee hearings. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., was present for only 35.5 percent of Senate Agriculture Committee meetings from 2000 to 2014. – Phillip Brownlee