Congressional Schedules 2018


115th Congress, 2nd Session – 2018 Published Schedules

The 2018 Schedule: 2018 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 2018 Schedule is available as a 2-page PDF PDF.

2018 published schedule

Senate Recess = “State Work Period”
2018 Holidays &
Special Events
2018 published schedule

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

January 1
New Year’s Day

January 15
Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 30
State of the Union

January 3  House Convenes (pro forma)

January 22 – 26  District Work Week

January 31 – February 2  House and Senate Republican Joint Retreat

February 26 – April 6  State Work Period

February 5
President’s Budget submission (* See 31 USC 1105)

February 14
Ash Wednesday

February 19
Presidents’ Day

February 7 – 9  House Democratic Issues Conference

February 19 – 23  District Work Week

March 26 – April 6  State Work Period 

April 30 – May 4  State Work Period 


March 11
Daylight Savings Time begins (spring forward)

March 30
Passover begins at sundown

March 30
Good Friday

April 1

March 26 – April 9  District Work Period

April 30 – May 4  District Work Week

May 28 – June 1  State Work Period

May 13
Mother’s Day

May 28
Memorial Day

May 28 – June 1  District Work Week

June 17
Flag Day

June 17
Father’s Day

July 2 – 6  State Work Period

August 6 – September 3  State Work Period

July 4
Independence Day

September 3
Labor Day

September 9
Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown

September 17
Constitution Day

September 18
Yom Kippur begins at sundown

July 2 – 6  District Work Week

July 31 – September 3  District Work Period

September 17 – 21  District Work Period

October 29 – November 12  State Work Period

November 19 – 23  State Work Period

 October 1
FY 2019 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 15 – November 12  District Work Period

November 19 – 23  District Work Week

December 14  Target Senate Adjournment

December 17 – 31  State Work Period

December 2
Hanukkah begins at sundown

December 15
Bill of Rights Day

December 25
Christmas Day

December 13  Target House Adjournment

December 17 – 28  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, May 17, 2012 (17-page PDFPDF). Also see our course, The President’s Budget.

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

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