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.