Congress to start August break in mid-July

Congress will break for its August recess on July 15 under a 2016 schedule released on Tuesday.

The 2016 House calendar released by Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) shows the lower chamber will be in session for fewer days to allow candidates more time in their home districts to prepare for November's elections. Senators will also have several weeks to spend in their home states.


The traditional August recess will be a seven-week break from Washington — longer than the five weeks the House took this year and in 2014. Both chambers plan to depart Washington for the summer by July 15.

Many members of Congress are expected to attend the Republican and Democratic presidential nominating conventions in July. Democrats will convene in Philadelphia from July 25 to 28, while Republicans will meet in Cleveland from July 18 to 21.

The House also plans to be out of session for the entire month of October, while the Senate's pre-election adjournment is set for Oct. 7. They won't return until Nov. 14, a week after Election Day.

In recent election years, the House and Senate have canceled scheduled legislative days in September so that lawmakers can have even more time to campaign.

Most of the other months in 2016 adhere to the typical schedule of three workweeks in Washington with the fourth set for a district work week.

—Updated at 5:21 p.m.