Thursday, November 18, 2010

Thanksgiving Recess

Yesterday the House passed House Concurrent Resolution 332 that outlined the plans for the Thanksgiving recess for the House and the Senate. It is expected to pass in the Senate today. The resolution provides that when the House and Senate adjourn at the end of this week they will not return until Monday, November 29, 2010. The Senate would meet at noon that day and the House at 2:00 pm.

The wording is appropriately vague on to when that adjournment will actually start. The House expects to implement this resolution at the end of either today or tomorrow. The wording for the Senate’s adjournment allows for the possibility of working through this Sunday.

I had expressed my opinion in an earlier blog that I didn’t think that they would return until the 30th, so I guess they have a better work ethic than I gave them credit for. I would have been more impressed, however, if they had worked Monday and Tuesday of the coming week. But, what the heck, it is a lame duck Congress and a large number of these folks are effectively retired or on notice. And they aren’t getting any extra pay for the post election work.

BTW: The House passed S. J. Res 40 yesterday so the official first meeting date of the 112th Congress is January 5th.

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