Congressional Schedules 2015


114th Congress, 1st Session – 2015 Published Schedules


The 2015 Schedule: 2015 Congressional Calendar thumbnail - Click image for the PDF available as a 2-page PDF PDF and is online at or

This information is included with the course materials for Congressional Dynamics and the Legislative Process, Congressional Operations Briefing – Capitol Hill Workshop, and Advanced Legislative Procedure.

The House and Senate schedules below are adopted from the schedules published by the House (PDF) and by the Senate.

In the House, a “House Recess” is also called a “district work period” or “Constituent Work Week,” when House members return to their home districts to meet with constituents. In the Senate, these home state visits are called “state work periods” and take place during “Senate recesses.”

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For federal holidays, see OPM.

The 2015 Schedule is available as a 2-page PDF PDF.

2015 published schedule

Senate Recess = “State work period”
2015 Holidays &
Special Events
2015 published schedule

House Recess = “Constituent Work Week” / “District work period”
January 6  Senate Convenes

January 1
New Year’s Day

January 6
114th Congress, First Session, convenes (pro-forma)

January 19
Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 27
State of the Union (tentative)

January 6  House Convenes

January 14 – 16  House Republican Issues Conference

January 28 – 30  House Democratic Retreat

February 17 – 20  State Work Period

February 2
President’s Budget submission (* See 31 USC 1105)

February 16
Presidents’ Day

February 18
Ash Wednesday

February 17 – 20  Constituent Work Week

March 30 – April 10  State Work Period 


March 8
Daylight Savings Time begins (spring forward)

April 3
Passover begins at sundown

April 3
Good Friday

April 5

March 9 – 13  Constituent Work Week

March 30 – April 10  Constituent Work Week

May 26 – 29  State Work Period

May 10
Mother’s Day

May 25
Memorial Day

May 4 – 8  Constituent Work Week

May 26 – 29  Constituent Work Period

June 14
Flag Day

June 21
Father’s Day

June 29 – July 6  State Work Period July 4
Independence Day
June 29 – July 3  Constituent Work Week
August 10 – September 4  State Work Period

September 7
Labor Day

September 13
Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown

September 22
Yom Kippur begins at sundown

August 3 – September 4  Constituent Work Week

September 21 – 25  Constituent Work Week

October 13 – 16  State Work Period

November 23 – 27  State Work Period

 October 1
FY 2016 begins

October 12
Columbus Day

November 1
Daylight Savings Time ends (fall back)

November 3
Election Day

November 11
Veteran’s Day observed

November 26
Thanksgiving Day

October 13 – 16  Constituent Work Week

November 9 – 13  Constituent Work Week

November 23 – 27  Constituent Work Week

December 18  Target Senate Adjournment

December 21 – 31  State Work Period

December 6
Hanukkah begins at sundown

December 25
Christmas Day

December 18  Target House Adjournment

December 21 – 31  Constituent Work Week


* The president is required by law (31 USC 1105) to submit his annual budget proposal to Congress by the first Monday in February. In a new administration, the president typically submits a placeholder document and fills in the details some weeks later. See “Submission of the President’s Budget in Transition Years,” CRS Report RS20752. Also see our course, The President’s Budget.

Sources: US Senate, US House of Representatives, and Federal Holidays from OPM.

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