August Recess

Members of Congress Take Recess Road Trips
 

Rep. Scott Checks Out Local Brewery, Boat-Building Workshop Before Town Hall
 

Earlier this week Virginia Rep. Robert C. Scott stopped by the opening of a new brewery in the riverside town of Portsmouth, Va., alongside several other commonwealth leaders including Gov. Terry McAuliffe. The Democratic congressman also visited a wooden boat-building workshop and held a town hall in Norfolk.

This is the second report in an occasional series this recess where Roll Call visits members in their districts and shadows some of their daily activities.

Sen. Boozman to Have Follow-Up Heart Surgery
Change in August recess delayed operation

Sen. John Boozman underwent emergency heart surgery in 2014 to fix a torn aorta. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Sen. John Boozman was scheduled to have a follow-up heart operation during the first week of August. That all changed when the Senate pushed back the start of August recess.

Now the Arkansas Republican is set to have the procedure in northern Virginia Tuesday, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported.

House Republicans’ August Messaging Plan: Deflect and Pivot
Recess resource kits highlight bills House GOP passed, tax overhaul plans

Speaker Paul D. Ryan and House Republicans plan to spend August touting bills they’ve passed and their plans to overhaul the tax code. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

House Republicans left Washington largely stumped about how to go home for a monthlong recess and defend to their constituents Congress’ failure to repeal and replace the 2010 health care law. 

The concerns were so great that many members during a GOP conference meeting Friday — just hours after a Senate vote on a scaled-back repeal bill failed — pleaded with leadership to keep the House in session in August.

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McConnell Postpones August Recess Amid Health Care Woes
 

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that the Senate would postpone its August recess by two weeks. The postponement comes as Republicans in the Senate are working on their bill that would repeal and replace the 2010 health care law. See the video for McConnell’s announcement, as well as Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer’s response.

How Lawmakers Spent Their Summer Vacations
 

With Congress’ longest recess in over three decades finally coming to a close, it's back to school for the House and the Senate. But between campaigning and meeting with constituents these past seven weeks, how else did lawmakers spend their summers?

Senators Return to D.C. for Brief Sessions
Brief pro forma sessions block prospect of Obama recess appointments.

Oklahoma Sen. James Lankford is among the Republicans who gaveled in a brief session this summer recess. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

On Tuesday morning, Sen. Shelley Moore Capito opened a Senate session that lasted just 30 seconds.

The West Virginia Republican is one of several GOP senators who have returned to the nation's capital during the summer to gavel the chamber in and out — essentially a procedural gambit to block President Barack Obama from making any appointments while the Senate is out of town.

David Hawkings’ Whiteboard: Is August Recess Work or Play?
 

A few weeks into the longest August recess in over three decades, Roll Call Senior Congressional Editor David Hawkings breaks out the whiteboard to get to the bottom of an age-old mystery: how do lawmakers spend their summer vacations?