One thing is clear about the House under Republican control: No one is going to die from overwork.
The incoming House Republican leader, Eric Cantor, has released the chamber's calendar for 2011. It calls for the House to be in session for 123 days over 32 weeks. The number of weeks is a decrease of 11 percent over previous years.
The calendar is blocked out with short work weeks of two to four days, intended to give members the maximum time off. There are only two five-day work weeks scheduled. March will be its busiest month with 14 scheduled days to be in session.
Maybe this leisurely schedule will work out for the Republicans, but the vagaries of the legislative process have a way of wrecking the best-laid plans. But then, the current Congress, which never succeeded in passing a budget or any of the 12 mandatory spending bills, has set a low threshold for success.