A Not-So-Fast 100 Hours

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That 100-hour legislative blitz planned by the new House Democrats isn't really the breathless affair you might be expecting.

In fact, the 100 hours of work actually occurs over 12 business days and 20 days if you include weekends and holidays (PDF). Democrats tell us that the project to swiftly approve stuff like ethics reform and the recommendations of the 9/11 report has to be spread out to account for other business and, frankly, because they don't want to burn out members.

What's more, the Democrats want to end the effort in a big crescendo right as President Bush is traveling to the House to give his State of the Union address, likely on January 23.