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House To Convene Jan. 12, Adjourn Oct. 8 Next Year
Dec 02, 2009 12:46 PM
By Edward Epstein, CQ Staff

The House would be in session for 110 days next year, adjourning Oct. 8, under a 2010 legislative calendar that Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer released Wednesday.

"The House vote schedule for 2010 allows ample time for us to build on our work from this year, so that we continue creating jobs and addressing our nation’s long-term fiscal problems,” Hoyer, D-Md., said in a statement accompanying his calendar.

As is typical for an election year, the legislative schedule is shorter than this year’s. Wednesday marked the 148th day of legislative business in the House in 2009.

The annual calendars put out by House leaders, while generally reliable in telling members, staff and the public when the House will be gone for holiday recesses and the long August break, are notoriously unreliable about adjournment dates. For instance, Hoyer’s initial calendar for 2009 said the House would adjourn for the year on Friday, Oct. 30. But now, with a health care overhaul (HR 3590) on the Senate floor and Congress still facing a dozen or so "must-pass” measures, Hoyer says the House will be in session as late as Dec. 22.

For 2010, he said the House will convene Tuesday, Jan. 12, for the start of the second session of the 111th Congress. Roll call votes will be held Jan. 12-13; Jan. 19, 20, 21, 22 and Jan. 26 and 27. Democrats will hold their issues conference on Jan. 14-15, while Republicans will do the same Jan. 28-29.

February will have a short work schedule, with a weeklong Presidents Day recess and votes set for just nine days. But March will be the busiest month of the year for House floor action, with votes on 17 days.

There will be a two-week Passover and Easter recess in the last week of March and the first week of April. The long August recess will start at the close of business Friday, Aug. 5, and last for five weeks, Hoyer said. The long break will include Rosh Hoshanah, the Jewish new year holiday, which next year begins Sept. 8, two days after Labor Day.

The target adjournment date — Friday, Oct. 8 — would give members just over three weeks of solid campaign time before Election Day,Tuesday, Nov. 2.

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