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Congress is in recess. So what might representatives and senators do in their free time?

Congress is in recess. So what might representatives and senators do in their free time?

WATCH | How lawmakers might spend some of their free time during the recess.

Feeling like Congress accomplishes nothing while in session isn't exactly new. Americans on all sides of the political spectrum often times decry a lack of action in the nation's Capitol, wondering why that darned legislative branch can't seem to get anything done. And it's for that reason that a congressional recess seems to draw an awful lot of criticism.

But these breaks aren't quite as relaxing as you might think. Lawmakers often head back to their states to fundraise, attend charity events, or give interviews. 

But lawmakers are people, too. Sometimes they need a break from making big decisions, which means enjoying time with family and friends and taking part in extracurricular activities if possible.

And you might be surprised at what some members of Congress do in their free time. Here are some congressional hobbies that some of the more well-known policymakers could use to fill their spare moments during this recess.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) - gearing up for the NFL draft

It's entirely possible no other politician in the history of the American government has ever been a bigger fan of the Miami Dolphins than Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. The University of Miami grad is said to have an almost encyclopedic knowledge of team stats, and even married a former Dolphins cheerleader. 

So, it's only natural Rubio might spend some of his time off gearing up for the NFL draft that's right around the corner. Who knows? It could be Miami's year. 

Miami Dolphins president and CEO Tom Garfinkel, left, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., center, and offensive coordinator Bill Lazor, right, talk as they watch practice during NFL football training camp in Davie, Fla., Monday,Aug. 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

Rubio even spent time at a Miami Dolphins training camp.

Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) - touring breweries 

Alright. He's not really well-known. But Welch spends a portion of his time at home in the small northern state of Vermont in a pretty cool way: touring breweries.

The green mountain state boasts the highest number of breweries per capita in the country and is home to some amazing beer. A staunch proponent of advancing Vermont's culinary brand (Harpoon Brewery, Ben & Jerry's, maple syrup, etc.), Welch makes a point of visiting such facilities when he has a chance.

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Here's Welch taking a tour of the Harpoon Brewery in Windsor, Vermont. 

Sens. John McCain (R-AZ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) - boys night out

The great Republican bromance of our generation. Arizona senator and former presidential candidate John McCain and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham have gone on record to espouse their admiration for one another. 

Their conversations are probably of a higher caliber than what you'll normally overhear in a bar, but bromance is as bromance does. 

Graham: McCain will fight for his friends

WATCH | Sens. McCain and Graham have the greatest televised congressional love fest ever.

Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) - going to see "Hair"

You might not expect as respected a congresswoman as Nancy Pelosi to be in love with as free-wheeling a piece of art as the musical "Hair." But that doesn't stop her from catching her favorite show.

The former House speaker reportedly checks out the show as many times as possible. Who's to say she might not drop by the show on recess this spring?

Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN) - reviewing his sheet music

When your fourth-grade teacher told you, "Congress rocks," this isn't exactly what he or she meant, although it's close. Peterson is an amateur musician, and played guitar and singing lead vocals for a bipartisan band of congressmen called "The Second Amendments."

The band also featured Thaddeus McCotter on lead guitar, Dave Weldon on bass, Jon Porter on keyboards and Kenny Hulshof on drums.

Rep. McCotter and the Second Amendments Play Farm Aid

WATCH | The Second Amendments play the 20th Anniversary of Farm Aid.

Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) - sharpening his comedy skills

Although at this point there might not be much else to refine. As a former comedian on "Saturday Night Live," Franken knows his way around a joke. He's best known for busting up crowds during hearings for now Justice Sonia Sotamayor and, most recently, for former Gov. Rick Perry. 

It should also be noted that Franken is a devout Minnesota Vikings fan. He makes an annual pilgrimage to their training camp. He's someone else who will watch draft prospects closely. 

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