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From the Congressional Glossary – Including Legislative and Budget Terms


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A temporary interruption of the Senate’s (or a committee’s) business. Generally, the Senate often recesses (rather than adjourns) at the end of each calendar day. Distinguished from adjournment, a recess does not interrupt unfinished business.

The rules in each chamber set forth certain matters to be taken up and disposed of at the beginning of each legislative day. The House usually adjourns from day to day. The Senate often recesses, thus meeting on the same legislative day for several calendar days or even weeks at a time.

See Chapter 8.C. Recess Appointments and Chapter 8.J. Recess and Adjournment in Congressional Procedure.





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