Congressional Schedules 2019


116th Congress, 1st Session – 2019 Published Schedules

The 2019 Schedule: 2019 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/Weeks” and take place during “Senate recesses.”

Also see


Capitol Switchboard: 202-224-3121

For federal holidays, see OPM.

The 2019 Schedule is available as a 2-page PDF PDF.

2019 published schedule

Senate Recess = “State Work Period/Week”
2019 Holidays &
Special Events
2018 published schedule

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

January 21 – 25  State Work Week

January 1
New Year’s Day

January 21
Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 22 (February 5)
State of the Union

January 3  House Convenes

January 21 – 25  District Work Week

January 30 – February 1  House and Senate Republican Joint Retreat

February 18 – 22  State Work Period February 4
President’s Budget submission (* See 31 USC 1105)

February 5
State of the Union

February 18
Presidents’ Day

March 6
Ash Wednesday

February 13 – 15  Democratic Retreat

February 18 – 22  District Work Week

March 18 – 22  State Work Period 

April 15 – 26  State Work Period 


March 10
Daylight Savings Time begins (spring forward)

April 15
Congress completes action on concurrent resolution on the budget (* See 2 USC 631)

April 19
Passover begins at sundown

April 19
Good Friday

April 21

March 18 – 22  District Work Period

April 15 – 26  District Work Week

May 27 – 31  State Work Period

May 6
Ramadan begins

May 12
Mother’s Day

May 27
Memorial Day

May 27 – 31  District Work Week
June 14
Flag Day

June 16
Father’s Day

July 1 – 5  State Work Period

August 5 – September 6  State Work Period

July 4
Independence Day

September 2
Labor Day

September 17
Constitution Day

September 29
Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown

July 1 – 5  District Work Week

July 29 – September 6  District Work Period

September 30 – October 14  State Work Period

November 25 – 29  State Work Period

 October 1
FY 2020 begins

October 8
Yom Kippur begins at sundown

October 14
Columbus Day

November 3
Daylight Savings Time ends (fall back)

November 5
Election Day

November 11
Veteran’s Day observed

November 28
Thanksgiving Day

September 30 – October 11  District Work Period

November 4 – 8  District Work Period

November 25 – 29  District Work Week

December 13  Target Senate Adjournment

December 16 – 31  State Work Period

December 15
Bill of Rights Day

December 22
Hanukkah begins at sundown

December 25
Christmas Day

December 13  Target House Adjournment

December 16 – 31  District Work Period

Sources: US Senate, House Majority Leader, Democratic Whip


* 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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