Taxpayers Fund Senate Seminars Teaching Forgiveness, Sleep, Attitude, and More

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht
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Senate staffers received an announcement for a free hour-long seminar in June that promises to teach the “art of forgiveness.” The training session is just one of many, which cover everything from eating healthy to understanding their credit score.

“Come learn the art of forgiveness. Learn how to ‘let go’ and move on!” says the announcement obtained by The Daily Caller. Presented by the Senate Employee Assistance Program (EAP), the program is offered as a webinar.

The June 6 event promises to teach the “Definitions of grudge and forgiveness; Consequences of holding a grudge; Practical steps to forgiving and moving on.”

“Why should taxpayers pay for Senate staffers to use an hour of their workday to learn about forgiveness?” said Aaron Forbes, a spokesman for Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla.

Coburn believes there is millions of dollars in wasteful spending, including perks given to former House Speakers, unnecessary printing, the cost of operating the Senate barber shop and hair salon, the money lost operating two gift shops on Capitol Hill, staff transportation, and other training classes. 

Since the sequester began Coburn has been vocal about costly programs offered to staffers that have "little if anything to do with legislating."

"As the federal government manages sequestration, Congress should finally do what it has avoided doing for so long - identify fiscal priorities - and there is no better place to start than within Congress's own halls," Coburn wrote in a letter Tuesday to House Speaker John Boehner. "Congress must lead by example."

In the letter, Coburn says staffers get training on everything from sleeping habits to how to make small talk. Since the sequestration, he said, the House and Senate have held superfluous courses including “You Credit Score – Friend of Foe”; “What’s My Communication Style?”; “Benefits of a Good Night’s Sleep”; and “Choose Your Attitude: Attitude is Everything.”

The forgiveness webinar is part of series presented through LifeCare, a “leader in the Employee Productivity & Loyalty industry.” Founded 30 years ago, LifeCare says it “set the standards that define the industry.” 

A Senate EAP staffer told The Daily Caller that the first webinar covered better sleep.

Sources: The Daily Caller, Fox News