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When Are the Congressional Recesses?

Part of the Congress For Dummies Cheat Sheet

A congressional recess is a time when congress isn’t meeting but will meet again. The recesses usually fall around a major holiday (usually lasting a week or two) and the month of August. Check your current year’s calendar for exact dates of recesses:

  • Presidents Day: February

  • Passover/Easter: March or April

  • Memorial Day: Last week of May

  • Independence Day: First week of July

  • August: Full month until Labor Day in September

  • First Thursday in October: Target adjournment

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