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Reid Announces Extended January Recess

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Monday announced a revised 2011 schedule that includes a lengthier January recess.

The 112th Congress is still set to begin Wednesday, Jan. 5, but the Senate will adjourn at the end of that week for a two-week recess to mark the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. That recess will span Jan. 10 to Jan. 21. Under a previous version of the 2011 calendar, the Senate was scheduled to be in session from Jan. 5 to Jan. 14, with Members getting just a four-day recess from Jan. 17 to Jan. 21.

Reid hasn’t made any other changes to the 2011 calendar: The Senate is scheduled have its second recess start Feb. 18 for four days to observe the Presidents Day holiday. The schedule includes another four-day break from March 21 to March 25 and a nearly two-week recess to observe Easter and Passover. Breaks for the Memorial Day, July Fourth, Rosh Hashanah, Columbus Day and Veterans Day weekends are also included on the calendar. The Senate will not be in session Oct. 7 to observe Yom Kippur, and a summer break is scheduled from Aug. 8 to Sept. 5.

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