We noticed this from an interview with Democratic Congressman Alan Grayson (boldface mine):
In a Tuesday interview, Rep. Alan Grayson charged that Republican House members have been literally intoxicated while casting votes on the continuing resolutions that set the stage for today’s government shutdown. Noting “a number of public reports that you can smell alcohol on their breath as they’re voting gleefully to shut down the government and create chaos,” Grayson said that he had personally witnessed GOP colleagues smelling like alcohol. “Many of them seem loaded,” said Grayson. The Florida congressman declined to name names, saying, “it’s the usual suspects,” but that he didn’t “really feel like getting that personal with people.”
A spokesperson for Speaker John Boehner did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Politico reporter Ginger Gibson tweeted Saturday that she could “smell the booze wafting from members as they walk off the floor.”
Grayson said he thinks on-the-job alcohol consumption by GOP House members has “been a problem all year long.”
“It’s a fact we all have to live with,” Grayson told Salon, “and it’s making them violent and abusive towards America.”
I could understand if you summoned to an unexpected meeting in the evening and had tied a few on. But when you know you’re going to have to work late? You don’t smell like booze if you had a drink before or with dinner. This is heavy drinking, enough to impair, at least somwehat, cognitive function (note: I didn’t write alcoholism).
Let’s leave aside some of the unpleasant psychological traits that can be associated with problem drinking–though we really shouldn’t. What really pisses me off is that if most Americans showed up to work drunk (again, ignoring the unforeseen emergency meeting), at best, they would be suspended and sent to alcohol counseling. At worst, they would be fired. But these idiots, instead, are allowed to vote on important legislation. One more prerogative that they abuse.
Maybe Congress should be forced to pee in a cup before they’re allowed to cast a vote?