Congress' Mad Dash to Vacation

Lawmakers leave D.C. for five weeks, with unfinished business.
1:46 | 08/02/13

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And you're about to learn now that not only vacations are created equal in america. Congress with still so much work to be done, has given itself the kind of rest and relaxation most americans can only see in their dreams. Abc's david kerley has our washington watchdog now. Reporter: Talk about a mad dash today. Members of congress leaving the capitol. Grabbing their bags, heading home for a five-week vacation. Gone. With time running out to pass some big pieces of the country's business, including a budget. When you are at work, you are working until you are all done. Then you go on vacation. Reporter: Citizens vacationing in the nation's capitol -- you earn your vacation from doing your job. Reporter: -- Can't believe it. The average working man gets two weeks' vacation. That's more than enough. They get other breaks all through the year. Reporter: Look at the calendar. Once they return, the house will have just nine working days before the end of the budget The senate just a few more. Oh, my goodness, the amount of stuff, the list of important things that need to be done in this congress, it is as long as my arm. Reporter: So far this year, the senate met only 96 working days. They were out of session for 53 days. The house worked 102 days. The worry, we are headed to another fiscal cliff. I am running late for a meeting. Reporter: We tried to talk to several members. Congressman? -- But none wanted to stop and talk to us about their paid five weeks away from washington, totaling nearly $9 million in salary. I am doing town hall meetings. The entire time? Most of the time. Reporter: On the house side, democrats complain the republicans are getting nothing done, but they still headed home. As for the speaker -- we'll have ample time to get our work done. Reporter: After vacation. David kerley, abc news, capitol hill.

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