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(NEWSER) – When you crunch the numbers, Congress looks pretty lazy. The Washington Post finds that both chambers have been in session only about 40% of the time since 1978—the first year for which online records are available—and they've both worked full weeks simultaneously a measly 14% of the time.

Taken individually, the Senate has spent 42% of the past 37 years in session, while the House has been in session 39% of the time.

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