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Call Time For Congress Shows How Fundraising Dominates Bleak Work Life

"Welcome to town, new members of Congress. Now hit the phones.

"For an incoming member of Congress still basking in the glow of electoral victory, it's a message that hits those in both parties hard -- the most direct indication that time in the people's chamber will be a bit different from the version taught in civics classes.

"For new Democrats, that message was delivered on Nov. 16, barely a week after the election, at an incoming-member orientation held by the House campaign arm.