Crying buckets for you, Representative Hastings. From Inc.com:
Rep. Hastings, I'm sitting here crying buckets of tears for you. Buckets, I tell you. He continued, "I don't see how we could pay overtime" for the "17 or 18 people that each of us is allowed to have--that's problematic for me."
Let me tell you; it's not only a problem for Congress, but it's also a problem for business owners and employees. And Congress can exempt themselves (as they do with lots of employment rules).
Why do people want to work 12, 14, 16 hours a day for less than $50k? Well, because that's how you climb the ladder--especially if you want to be in politics. It's expected. It's how you prove yourself and how you get things accomplished.