Congressional Schedules 2016


114th Congress, 2nd Session – 2016 Published Schedules

The 2016 Schedule: 2016 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 Week” 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.”

Also see


Capitol Switchboard: 202-224-3121

For federal holidays, see OPM.

The 2016 Schedule is available as a 2-page PDF PDF.

2016 published schedule

Senate Recess = “State Work Period”
2016 Holidays &
Special Events
2016 published schedule

House Recess = “Constituent Work Week” / “District Work Week/Period”
January 11  Senate Convenes

January 1
New Year’s Day

January 12
State of the Union

January 18
Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 5  House Convenes

January 13 – 15  House Republican Retreat

January 19 – 22  House District Work Period

January 27 – 29  House Democratic Retreat

February 15 – 19  State Work Period

February 1
President’s Budget submission (* See 31 USC 1105)

February 10
Ash Wednesday

February 15
Presidents’ Day

February 16 – 19  District Work Week

March 21 – April 1  State Work Period 


March 13
Daylight Savings Time begins (spring forward)

March 25
Good Friday

March 27

April 22
Passover begins at sundown

March 7 – 11  District Work Week

March 28 – April 8  District Work Period

May 2 – 6  State Work Period

May 30 – June 3  State Work Period

May 8
Mother’s Day

May 30
Memorial Day

May 2 – 6  District Work Week

May 31 – June 3  District Work Week

June 14
Flag Day

June 19
Father’s Day

July 1 – 8  State Work Period

July 18 – September 5  State Work Period

July 4
Independence Day

July 18 – 21
Republican National Convention

July 25 – 28
Democratic National Convention

September 5
Labor Day

September 16
Constitution Day

June 27 – July 1  District Work Week

July 18 – September 2  District Work Period

October 10 – November 11  State Work Period

November 21 – 25  State Work Period

 October 1
FY 2017 begins

October 2
Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown

October 10
Columbus Day

October 11
Yom Kippur begins at sundown

November 6
Daylight Savings Time ends (fall back)

November 8
Election Day

November 11
Veteran’s Day observed

November 24
Thanksgiving Day

October 3 – November 10  District Work Period

November 21 – 25  District Work Week

December 16  Target Senate Adjournment

December 19 – 30  State Work Period

December 15
Bill of Rights Day

December 24
Hanukkah begins at sundown

December 25
Christmas Day

December 16  Target House Adjournment

December 19 – 30  District Work Period

Sources: US Senate, House Majority Leader


* 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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