Recess for a Reason
A member of Congress may be "informed" on a CODEL (traveling congressional delegation) by the subject matter of the trip, but he or she is certainly not "available" or "plugged in." On the other hand, such trips offer an opportunity to get to know colleagues far better than one can in the frantic pace in DC.
Perhaps there's a lesson here. If the CODEL is of real value, and I believe often that it is, then two weeks of a recess at home, unplugged and not available except for an unforeseen emergency, is of at least as great a value as a little time to think and read and recharge.
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