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Rep. Debbie Lesko, R-Peoria, prepares for an 8 a.m. interview with OANN in the Capitol, the start of a 12-hour day. Experts say most members of the House report working 70 hours in a typical week, between political and legislative duties. (Photo by Bryan Pietsch/Cronkite News)

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All in a (12-hour) day: Lawmakers log long hours despite gridlock

WASHINGTON – It’s 8 a.m. on a recent Wednesday and Rep. Debbie Lesko is standing in the Capitol’s Statuary Hall, steps from a larger-than-life statue of Arizona Sen. Barry Goldwater, waiting for a live television interview.