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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WJRT) - (07/08/14) - As tourists take selfies in front of the United States Capitol, members of Congress are taking a break, too.

Forty-three days – that’s how many days remain on the legislative schedule for the U.S. House of Representatives.

“I have to go to work every day and I have to work about 10 hours a day, and I commute about three hours a day. And so 43 days, I'm sure they're not working all day, is definitely not enough,” said Mary Ann McCandless, a tourist from Missouri.

U.S. Senators only have 98 more days on their agenda before the New Year.

“In business, we’re expected to work and get jobs done. I expect them to do the same,” said Todd Yoder of Indiana.

Right now, there’s a lot left on the table: immigration reform, a debate over the possible extension of the federal unemployment benefits and the nation is still waiting for a Veterans Affairs fix.

For one Massachusetts tourist, it hits close to home.

"I got a son who's in the Air Force and you really want to see them take care of those guys. And they obviously have not been doing it,” Rick Leopardi said.

While it's busy with tourists enjoying the view outside the U.S. Capitol, it's a little bit quieter inside the Capitol halls.

Lawmakers will be gone the entire month of August, and several other weeks before the end of the year.

In fact, members of the House will spend all of October campaigning.

"They're running back and forth in between their districts and Washington, D.C. because they need to get re-elected,” said Jeff Levine of California. “So in that respect, maybe not as much time spent on decision making, and more on getting re-elected."

As children toss pennies into the Capitol fountain, making wishes for world peace, voters seem to have a wish, too.

They want their lawmakers to get the job done.
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