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House 2015 Calendar: 132 Days in Session, No Five-Day Weeks

By    |   Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 01:37 PM

If you're hoping to see your congressman or woman out in your district next year, it looks like they'll have plenty of time to meet and greet with constituents.

A new 2015 calendar released Wednesday by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy has lawmakers working no five-day weeks, with 132 days in session, Roll Call reports, noting the new schedule is "not unprecedented."

McCarthy said in releasing the dates that he wanted his legislators to have plenty of face time back home.

“District work weeks provide an invaluable opportunity for us to meet with and listen to our constituents,” McCarthy said in a statement announcing his calendar. “Discussing ideas and concerns is a critical function of our responsive, representative democracy, and for this reason, our schedule will continue to provide considerable time for constituent services in our district each month.”

While in Washington, mornings will be set aside for committee meetings while floor votes will occur in the afternoons, but "no later than 7 p.m." during regular work weeks, McCarthy said. Key votes in big issues like appropriations may require later evenings, he noted, according to Roll Call.

The House also is scheduled to be in session until Dec. 18, though top Republicans have told members they expect to be done with work by Dec. 11, Roll Call noted.

The new session for the 114th Congress begins on Jan. 6, and includes 18 weeks where no votes are scheduled, The Washington Post reported.

Among issues likely set for deliberation are healthcare reform, government surveillance limits and immigration, the Post noted.

Orientation for new members of the House and Senate began last week, according to Roll Call.

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A new 2015 calendar released Wednesday by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy has lawmakers working no five-day weeks, with 132 days in session, Roll Call reports, noting the new schedule is "not unprecedented."
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