Schieffer: Let's pay Congress by the hour

Thomas Alva Edison punches a time clock on his 74th birthday, on February 11, 1921. Library of Congress

(CBS News)  When the Senate Democrats rammed through rules making it harder to filibuster, they said the change would speed up action on important Senate business.

I doubt it, but if they are really looking for ways to get something done, here are several rule changes they might want to consider:

Ban all fundraisers during a legislative session. If that happened, they'd no longer have to run home to raise money every five minutes.

Pay Congress by the hour, like most other federal workers, but pay them ONLY for the time they spend legislating or in committee sessions. That would insure that Congress would go back to a five-day work week. My guess is they'd find ways to work Saturdays, too. (I'd be willing to pay them time-and-a-half for that!)

This would not only cause them to work more, but most would want to move their families here, which would force them to get to know one another -- like they used to, when they got things done.

Since Congress passes the laws that regulate it, we'd have to offer something to make them want to do all this. What could that be?

I know! How about, if they like their current policy, they can keep their health care?

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    Bob Schieffer is CBS News' chief Washington correspondent and anchor of Face the Nation.

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