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2016 Conventions Spur Extended House Recess

Members will hardly be on Capitol Hill at all next summer. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)
Members will hardly be on Capitol Hill at all next summer. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

In 2016, August recess will feel like forever.  

According to the House calendar released Tuesday, members will spend only a few weeks of summer next year on Capitol Hill, thanks to the Republican and Democratic national conventions taking place in July. Members are scheduled to finish work at the Capitol on July 15 before leaving for a district work period that runs through Labor Day.  

The Republican National Convention runs July 18-21 in Cleveland, with the Democrats following the week of July 25 in Philadelphia.  

The House is set to convene for the year on Jan. 5, 2016, taking the first recess the week of Jan. 18, in conjunction with Martin Luther King Jr. Day. With Election Day looming in November, the House is not scheduled to be in session at all in October.  

One unusual feature of the schedule stems from Easter Sunday falling in late March. The House schedule calls for leaving D.C. just ahead of Good Friday, with no votes Thursday or Friday, and taking off two full weeks after Easter.  

There are no periods with more than three weeks in session until September, when lawmakers will likely address legislation to keep the government funded at least past the election.  

The calendar, posted by Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., notes that the schedule for the lame-duck period after Election Day in November is subject to change.  

The calendar is posted here .  


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