What are the responsibilities of Members of Congress? (continued)
Representatives must do office work, be present for votes and hearings, and attend meetings and events in Washington; they also need to be visible and available to their constituents at home. In addition to all the work of holding office, members of Congress also face the time-consuming demands of campaigning and fundraising. Keeping up with all these demands requires a supporting staff of people doing research and handling requests for assistance from individual constituents.