Congressional Schedules 2017


115th Congress, 1st Session – 2017 Published Schedules

The 2017 Schedule: 2017 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 2017 Schedule is available as a 2-page PDF PDF.

2017 published schedule

Senate Recess = “State Work Period”
2017 Holidays &
Special Events
2017 published schedule

House Recess = “Constituent Work Week” / “District Work Week/Period”
January 3  Senate Convenes

January 1
New Year’s Day

January 16
Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 3  House Convenes

January 20  Inauguration of the 45th President of the United States

January 25 – 27  House and Senate Republican Joint Retreat

February 20 – 24  State Work Period

February 6
President’s Budget submission (* See 31 USC 1105)

February 20
Presidents’ Day

February 21 (tentative)
State of the Union

February 9 – 12  House Democratic Issues Conference

February 20 – 24  District Work Week

March 16 – March 17  State Work Period 

April 10 – April 21  State Work Period 


March 1
Ash Wednesday

March 12
Daylight Savings Time begins (spring forward)

April 10
Passover begins at sundown

April 14
Good Friday

April 16

April 10 – 21  District Work Period

May 29 – June 2  State Work Period

May 14
Mother’s Day

May 29
Memorial Day

May 8 – 12  District Work Week

May 30 – June 2  District Work Week

June 14
Flag Day

June 18
Father’s Day

July 3 – 7  State Work Period

July 31 – September 1  State Work Period

July 4
Independence Day

September 4
Labor Day

September 17
Constitution Day

September 20
Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown

September 29
Yom Kippur begins at sundown

July 3 – 7  District Work Week

July 31 – September 1  District Work Period

October 9 – October 13  State Work Period

November 20 – 24  State Work Period

 October 1
FY 2018 begins

October 9
Columbus Day

November 5
Daylight Savings Time ends (fall back)

November 7
Election Day

November 10
Veteran’s Day observed

November 23
Thanksgiving Day

September 18 – 22  District Work Period

October 16 – 20  District Work Period

November 20 – 24  District Work Week

December 15  Target Senate Adjournment

December 18 – 29  State Work Period

December 12
Hanukkah begins at sundown

December 15
Bill of Rights Day

December 25
Christmas Day

December 14  Target House Adjournment

December 18 – 29  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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