Should Congress be called back from its recess?

“The GOP freshmen have this one right,” said presidential historian and author Al Felzenberg. “Our politicians spend billions of dollars to get to Washington and refuse to put in 40-hour weeks once they get here. . . . My immediate sense is that both the president and Congress need to buckle down and work to solve the nation’s financial problems — and soon. These are not ordinary times, and it is time the president and his sparring partners get back here to fix things, and with a sense of urgency.”…

One of the strongest arguments inside the White House not to call Congress back to Washington before September is how counterproductive it would appear — and become. The majority of lawmakers hold dear their month-long summer break as an opportunity to reconnect with constituents, return to run family farms and businesses, to travel with relatives and colleagues, and to plan ahead for political and policy challenges looming ahead. Calling them back to Washington would infuriate most lawmakers, not focus their attention on national solutions and compromise.