Stop Sleeping in Your Offices, Members of Congress Told  

It’s become an easy way of telegraphing your commitment to serve, but now a group of House Democrats are asking an ethics committee to investigate the “legality and propriety” of members of Congress sleeping in their Capitol complex offices, suggesting the habit may be more about saving rent money than anything else.
Politico reports that more than two-dozen members of the Congressional Black Caucus signed a letter questioning the practice, of which Speaker Paul Ryan is a leading advocate: “I get up very early in the morning. I work out. I work until about 11:30 at night. I go to bed. And I do the same thing the next day,” Ryan said in 2015 when asked whether he would continue sleeping in his office after becoming speaker. “It actually makes me more efficient. I can actually get more work done by sleeping on a cot in my office.”
But CBC member Watson Coleman said office sleepovers unfairly gave “members an opportunity to live here rent-free using all the facilities.” Read more at POLITICO.


  1. According to an ABC News report several months ago Congress work 33% less per year than an average American although they’re still being paid for the days they’re in recess with a taxpayer funded base salary of $174,000 a year, that amounts to about $16,000 for the summer break alone.

    Even when congress is in session, how many hours per day do they actually work? They need the bed to fill up the 8 hours they’re officially suppose to work daily.

  2. This has been going on for many, many years. I wanted to become a Member of Congress in the early 80’s but when I saw how some Congressmen lived on a cot in their office, out of a suitcase, I decided it wasn’t for me. Even Congressman Sony Bono slept in his office so that he could get more work done. It had nothing to do with saving rent money.


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