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Stutzman ready for a real recess

Congress is off the month of August for a "district work period," but its members and the media still refer to such breaks as "recess."

Rep. Marlin Stutzman, R-3rd, doesn't think the original description fits.

"I don't know why we say recess; I haven't seen a playground yet," Stutzman quipped Thursday at a Lutheran Hospital town hall meeting sponsored by the National Health Underwriters Association.

"I wouldn't mind getting out to a sandbox," he added.

Stutzman said he recently made good on a promise, although not of the campaign variety. He had told his sons, Payton, who is nearly 13, and Preston, 8, that they could have dogs when their father got around to building kennels for them at his LaGrange County farm.

"They have not forgotten that," Stutzman said. "So as soon as that happened, we added two puppies. Somebody told me if you're going to get one, you might as well get two."

The reasoning: Two dogs will keep each other company, and the owner has to clean up after pets regardless of the number.

"It's working out really well so far," Stutzman said about the two Brittany spaniels.