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Senate Sets 2011 Schedule; Reconvenes Jan. 5

Updated: 5:15 p.m.

The Senate will convene for the 112th Congress on Jan. 5, according to a copy of the 2011 calendar released by the office of Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Tuesday.

New Members will be sworn in at noon Jan. 5, and the chamber will work until Jan. 14, when Senators will adjourn for a four-day recess in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. That recess is scheduled for Jan. 17 to 21.

The chamber will then be in session for a four-week period, recessing Feb. 18, followed by a four-day recess to observe the Presidents Day holiday. The 2011 schedule includes another four-day break from March 21 to 25 and a nearly two-week recess falling over Easter and Passover. Breaks for Memorial Day, July Fourth, Rosh Hashanah, Columbus Day and Veterans Day weekends are also included in the 2011 calendar. The Senate will not be in session on Oct. 7 to observe Yom Kippur, and a summer break is scheduled from Aug. 8 to Sept. 5.

The Senate is expected to adjourn for the year on Dec. 18, after considering an extension of Bush-era tax cuts. Sen. Joe Lieberman (ID-Conn.) is pushing Reid to extend the December work period in order to carve out floor time for the defense authorization bill, although the chances of that are unclear.

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