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Post, “It’s harder to give somebody a real hard time when you were out with them and their spouse the night before.” By the time Trent Lott was elected to the Senate, Washington had changed. Lawmakers had voted themselves extensive travel allowances, leaving their families back home and spending just three to four days a week in Washington before flying back to their districts. In Senator Lott’s view, this was not progress. In fact, he saw it as no coincidence that when members of Congress started spending every weekend back home, there was stalemating gridlock in the United States Congress when they returned. Senator Lott had tried a number of approaches to bring back civility and comradery in the United States Senate. He encouraged Senate harmony by starting a quartet, The Singing Senators. They recorded a CD, Let Freedom Sing, and even did a concert tour through 15 states, raising $350,000 for the Alzheimer’s Foundation in honor of President Ronald Reagan. He also attempted to get colleagues to wear kilts on an annual Tartan Day, but he turned out to be the only male senator willing to show his legs in Congress. And then he came up with a brilliant solution: Seersucker Thursday! As Senate Majority Leader, he announced that the third Thursday in June of each year would be Seersucker Thursday. He

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