First 100 hours: Are you ready for some football?

Congress gets to work -- slowly.

By Tim Grieve
Published January 8, 2007 5:41PM (EST)

With all the talk about the Democrats' 100-hours agenda -- and all the grumbling about the plan for a (gasp!) five-day Congressional work week -- we expected to arrive at the Capitol today to find a whirlwind of legislative activity.

What have we found so far? The House isn't in session. Why not? Ostensibly because all those freshmen representatives need time to make the 150-mile trip to Capitol Hill from a retreat in Williamsburg, Va., but the New York Times' Caucus blog sniffs out another reason: Some members of the House want to catch tonight's national championship college football game.

The Senate is here, and at least 88 senators are in town; we know this because the Senate voted 88-0 this morning in favor of a resolution honoring the life of Gerald R. Ford. The august body is now on to more pressing business; as we write, Colorado Sen. Ken Salazar is talking up legislation that would name a post office in Vail for the former president.

Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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