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House Members Get Extra Week Off This Summer

Summer vacation is going to start a little early in the House.

Democratic leaders have advised Members that the chamber will not be in session the week of Aug. 2 — as had been planned — and will instead start its August recess when the chamber completes its work the previous week.

The revised schedule will extend the House’s summer recess to six weeks, and it likely will be welcome news for nervous incumbents eager to spend as much time as possible campaigning before the November elections.

“The revised schedule allows ample time to both continue our work to create jobs, promote fiscal responsibility, and investigate the BP oil spill, as well as have Members in their Districts hearing directly from their constituents,” Hoyer said in a statement.

The Senate is slated to be in session the week of Aug. 2 before leaving for its August recess.

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