House Democrats Plan 137 Days of Voting Next Year

Posted December 5, 2008 at 5:02pm

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) on Friday released the 2009 House legislative calendar.

The House will convene Jan. 6 and be in session for the next two weeks. This is a change from past years; the House typically conducts no business until after Inauguration Day on Jan. 20.

Republicans will attend their annual retreat from Jan. 29 to Jan. 31. Democrats will hold their retreat from Feb. 5 to Feb. 7.

The House will begin its summer recess on Aug. 3, one week before the Senate’s recess begins.

The target adjournment date for the House is Oct. 30, though that is usually a moving target.

The House will hold votes on 137 days. There are 11 weeks where the House will be in session for five days. This is in keeping with a pledge by Democratic leaders who, after taking control of Congress in 2006, vowed to extend the typical workweek of three days to five days.