Shortly before taking off for Hawaii Friday, President Obama held a seven-minute press conference to encourage Congress to drink egg nog, sing carols and “cool off,” and then return this week ready to work on a deal to avert the fiscal cliff. Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley is back in Washington and notes that this is the first holiday week he’s been in session since joining the Senate in 1981.

He notes that taxpayers are working this week, so their legislators should be in the office too — those tax revenues aren’t going to spend themselves, after all. In any case, cue the world’s tiniest violin.

  • Benjamin Wilhelm

    What a douchebag. Seriously? We’re all about to have our taxes raised and will have to cut OUR spending to pay for these new taxes, but they can’t find some things to cut in the Federal Government?

  • Josephine (D)

    What a special little snowflake he is!

  • riddler1620

    Whenever Congress is in session, my personal income is at risk. I’d prefer these morons stay away from Washington as much as possible,but the tone deafness of this senator is baffling. He’s working this week, and acts as if it is a great sacrifice without grasping that most Americans do that every year, minus the perks and pay that the senator receives, thanks to those very same tax payers.

  • Dick Beninya

    What a clown.

  • lainer51

    Obviously these jokers are OVERPAID and UNDER WORKED, while the chumps of the world (us taxpayers) go to work 52 weeks a year; they should all be reduced to part time status and since we pay their salaries, it would save us tons of $$$… what do you think Barry?

  • nkviking75

    Re-read the tweet. Grassley is making an observation, not complaining. He’s just saying that in his long career in the Senate, this is the first time they’ve been in session in the last week of the year. And he notes that if taxpayers have to work, there’s no reason Senators can’t. Grassley is not perfect, but as an Iowan, I can tell he has made, and kept, the commitment to hold meetings for constituents in every single one of Iowa’s 99 counties every year he has been in Washington. He is active as Ranking Member of the Judiciary Committee, past chairman of the Finance Committee, and active on the Agriculture committee. He’s also co-owner of a farm with his son. Grassley is not exactly sitting on his butt.

    • Garth Haycock

      Fair enough, but if he is not a fiscal conservative, he is part of the problem.

    • Teresa Yeisley

      I agree, he is also working on why the President was allowed to break the law and tell the defense contractors to break the law and not give job notice to those who would be fired because of the “election”. He is fighting the fact that taxpayers will be responsible for the lawsuits that will occur…

      This is a man that takes down your name and replies to your emails and phone calls….

  • Mike Rogers

    To actually do their jobs within the constitution, congress should only be in session a few weeks per year. They should receive no salary or pension, either.
    Will Rogers put it best: “Be thankful you’re not getting all the government you’re paying for!”. (Although these days, it seems lie we are getting much more tan we bargained or.)

  • $30423294

    Another Grassley defender here.

    Senator Grassley showed great courage during the disgraceful attack on Clarence Thomas during his Senate confirmation hearing when left wing operatives attempted to stall the nomination using a fabricated smear.

    Senator Grassley was a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. He calmly interrogated the ivy league “experts” who testified on behalf of the wretched accuser against Mr. Thomas. The experts in turn showed Senator Grassley palpable contempt (you see, his sin is that he is a simple man who speaks plainly, like a farm hand; and for an ivy league marxist, this is like satan himself having to look at a crucifix — it burns). At one point, one of the pencil necked “experts” laughed in disgust at Mr. Grassley in what I think was one of the most egregious acts of disrespect I’ve ever seen.

    Senator Grassley kept his dignity and didn’t back down an inch. Thank God.

  • BeeKaaay

    The fact he has a “SENATE CAREER” is wrong. TERM LIMITS NOW!