August Recess: Senate is in Session

August 8, 2018

Few people relish the thought of spending a long August in the Washington, D.C. swamp—Members of Congress are no exception. Despite decades of Congress recessing for the entirety of August, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced back in June that the Senate would forego its month-long recess. The impetus for scrapping the recess was calls from other more junior Senators and the administration that lawmakers continue working on key issues facing the nation. Taking a more cynical political look at the situation, however, eliminating recess greatly limits campaign time for vulnerable Senate members up for reelection.

While the Senate did recess for the first week in August, they are back in D.C. this week. Across the Capitol grounds, the House is on a five-week recess and will not resume until after Labor Day.

This year, as in past years, NSBA has urged its members to engage with lawmakers during the August recess and provided various resources for doing so. U.S. Representatives will be in their home districts throughout August, and, despite the fact that Senators will only be in their home states for limited amounts of time, they have local offices with which constituents can effectively engage.

Those resources are available at