House Dems add a week to their August recess

Democrats announced on Friday that they plan to add a week to their annual August recess.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said that the House would wrap up its work earlier than expected, allowing it to start recess a week earlier than expected.

The change in the schedule means that the House will wrap up for the summer by July 30th.

"The House will complete its business for the July work period by Friday, July 30. There will now be no votes in the House the week of August 2," Hoyer said in a statement. "The revised schedule allows ample time to both continue our work to create jobs, promote fiscal responsibility, and investigate the BP oil spill, as well as have Members in their Districts hearing directly from their constituents."

The official House schedule for the year had called on recess to begin on August 9th. Lawmakers still appear unlikely to return to Washington until after the Labor Day holiday.

It's not clear how this will affect the schedule in the Senate, which has more legislative priorities still left on its agenda.

The extended August recess will also give incumbents facing reelection in November an added opportunity to go home and campaign in their districts. The work period is often seen as a docile time for many members, though last year's recess was marked by raucous town hall meetings and protests against healthcare reform.