Congressional Schedules 2012


112th Congress, 2nd Session – 2012 Published Schedules

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The House and Senate schedules below are adopted from the schedules published by the House and by the Senate. In the House, a “House Recess” is also called a “district work period,” 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 recess.”

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For federal holidays, see OPM.


2012 published schedule

Senate Recess = “State work period”
2012 Holidays &
Special Events
2012 published schedule

House Recess = “District work period”
January 23  Senate Convenes January 1
New Year’s Day

January 16
Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 17
112th Congress, Second Session, convenes (pro-forma)

January 24
State of the Union (tentative)

January 17  House Convenes

January 19 – 20  House Republican Retreat

January 26 – 27  House Democratic Retreat

February 20 – 24  President’s Day Senate Recess February 6
President’s Budget submission *

February 12

Lincoln’s Birthday

February 20
Presidents’ Day

February 10-13  House Recess

February 18 – 26  House Recess

March 11
Daylight Savings Time begins (spring forward)
March 9 – 18  House Recess 
April 2 – 13  Senate Recess 
April 6
Good Friday

April 6
Passover begins at sundown

April 8

March 30 – April 15  House Recess

April 20 – 23  House Recess

April 30 – May 4  Senate Recess

May 28 – June 1  Senate Recess

May 28
Memorial Day
April 28 – May 6  House Recess

May 11 – 14  House Recess

May 19 – 29  House Recess

June 14
Flag Day
June 9 – 17  House Recess

June 22 – 25  House Recess

July 2-6  Senate Recess July 4
Independence Day
June 30 – July 8  House Recess

July 13 – 16  House Recess

July 27 – 30  House Recess

August 6 – September 7  Senate Recess August 27 – 30  Republican Convention

September 3
Labor Day

September 3 – 6  Democratic Convention

September 16  Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown

September 25  Yom Kippur begins at sundown

August 4 – September 9  House Recess

September 15 – 18  House Recess

September 22 – 30  House Recess

 October 1
FY 2013 begins

October 8
Columbus Day

November 4
Daylight Savings Time ends (fall back)

November 6
Election Day

November 12
Veteran’s Day observed

November 22
Thanksgiving Day

October 6 – November 12  House Recess

November 17 – 26  House Recess 

TBD  Target Senate Adjournment December 8
Hanukkah begins at sundown

December 25
Christmas Day

December 7-10  House Recess

December 14  Target House Adjournment

December 17 – 21  See the Schedule for the Week of December 17, 2012 (PDF)


* 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.

See Congressional Deskbook, § 6.72 Daily Starting Times in the House.

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