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story.lead_photo.caption U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman of Hot Springs said the Save American Workers Act of 2015 would be a boon for employers and employees. - Photo by Arkansas Democrat-Gazette / SARAH D. WIRE

WASHINGTON -- Arkansas' newest members of Congress counted down the hours Monday as they showed family around the city, unpacked and reflected on being sworn into office today.

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Print Headline: Arkansas' delegation settles in

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  • TuckerMax
    January 6, 2015 at 5:51 a.m.

    I don't think that their allegiance is to their "fellow citizens." It's to the fat cats that own them, that paid for their election, that expect results at the expense of the "fellow citizens." Their oath of office doesn't even include serving us, except to "well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office" which is what they, including their owners, want it to mean. It's all so empty ...

  • PopMom
    January 6, 2015 at 6:08 a.m.

    From the Borowitz report re the Senate:

    "Sixty-four unskilled workers will report to new jobs in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday as part of a federal jobs program that provides employment for people unable to find productive work elsewhere.

    The new hires, who have no talents or abilities that would make them employable in most workplaces, will be earning a first-year salary of $174,000.

    For that sum, the new employees will be expected to work a hundred and thirty-seven days a year, leaving them with two hundred and twenty-eight days of vacation.

    Some critics have blasted the federal jobs program as too expensive, noting that the workers were chosen last November in a bloated and wasteful selection process that cost the nation nearly four billion dollars.

    But Davis Logsdon, a University of Minnesota economics professor who specializes in labor issues, said that the program is necessary to provide work “for people who honestly cannot find employment anywhere else.”

    “Expensive as this program is, it is much better to have these people in jobs."

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