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A Day in the Life: Legislative Correspondent

9:00 a.m. Catch up on the latest national news by reading the Hill and scanning the Washington Post, New York Times, and the CNN website.

9:30 a.m. Draft a form letter in response to a question on the President's proposed tax cuts.

10:00 a.m. Log the newest stack of correspondence to arrive in the morning mail drop.

11:00 a.m. Research issues related to proposed changes in the new education reform bill being pushed by the party's leadership.

12:00 p.m. Three hours in the office, and you are ready for some fresh air. Slip out for a quick bite to eat from one of the many carry out restaurants on Pennsylvania Avenue.

12:45 p.m. Make the revisions the Legislative Director indicated on the draft form letter you submitted for his review this morning.

1:00 p.m. Take a call from a constituent on a small business issue. Log the constituent's name into the computer database and indicate the action taken to satisfy the constituent's inquiry

1:15 p.m. Draft additional correspondence on behalf of the Member on a range of issues percolating before Congress.

3:00 p.m. Attend an all staff meeting called by the Chief of Staff to discuss changes in office policy to improve the response time to constituents. As a result, you must now process even more requests during the course of your busy day.

4:00 p.m. Talk with one of the Legislative Assistants to get a briefing on the Members position on changes to the Social Security system.

4:30 p.m. Return some of the messages that have been piling up on your desk.

5:00 p.m. Head home after yet another busy day.