The 113th Congress officially began on Jan. 3 with a swearing in ceremony for newly elected legislators.
Senators are expected to stick to a similar schedule as in 2012, which includes four consecutive weeks in session between recesses. The House of Representatives’ schedule for the new Congress will continue to follow a general pattern of two weeks in session followed by a week off.
“Part of our goal in scheduling the House is to ensure that we never lose touch with the constituents we each represent while completing our work in Washington,” said House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (VA). “Time spent in the district between Monday and Friday is essential for meeting with small businesses, employees, seniors, veterans and other local communities during work hours. We will continue to accommodate members with longer distances to travel home and provide at least one constituent work week each month, with the exception of June.”
Congress holds recess periods around federal holidays and you can expect legislators to be traveling in their home states around:
Presidents’ Day (Feb. 18 – 22)
State work period (March 25 – Apr. 5)
State work period (Apr. 29 – May 3)
Memorial Day (May 27 – 31)
Independence Day (July 1 – 5)
August Recess (Aug. 5 – Sept. 6)
Columbus Day (Oct. 14 – 18)
Veterans Day (Nov. 11)