McCarthy: House to be in session for 'more days and for longer weeks' next year

By Dan Dupont / December 1, 2016 at 1:51 PM

The House will be in session for "more days and for longer weeks" next year, according to House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy.

McCarthy released the House calendar for the first session of the 115th Congress on Nov. 30, saying in a statement that "next year, we have no time to waste to get the people's work done. To use the House's time as effectively as possible after such a historic election, I have scheduled the House to be in session for more days and for longer weeks, especially during President-elect Trump’s first 100 days in office."

To pursue a "conservative agenda" next year, McCarthy said he "increased the average number of days we will be in session by the equivalent of more than three legislative weeks – particularly during the first part of the year."

"Understanding the importance of balancing responsibilities in Washington with duties back home," he added, "this calendar also provides a district work period nearly every month so that elected Representatives can stay connected to their constituents."

The House will begin work on Jan. 3, the calendar shows.