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No Leave of Absence Filed for Jackson

Apparently, congress doesn't require it's employees to fill out paperwork for a leave of absence

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No Leave of Absence Filed for Jackson

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If you need a leave of absence, you go through your boss, you probably visit your HR office, fill out forms and wait for approval.

If you’re a member of congress…not so much.

An inquiry with House Speaker John Boehner’s office steered the question to the House Democratic Leadership.

“You need to check with (Nancy) Pelosi,” a spokesman said in an email.

A Democratic aide said that Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. did not have to file any paperwork for his current leave. 

“He has notified members of leadership,” the aide said. 

And that, apparently, is all that it takes.

Rumors have stirred of Jackson's leave of absence due to "exhaustion," and its coincidental timing with election dates and also its relation to the Blago fund-raiser Raghu Nayak's recent fraud and tax charges.

Though officials insist his absence is not related to the corruption incident, there's no paperwork declaring otherwise.

Jackson will be paid during his absence.

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