House will be out of session for additional week in September

House will be out of session for additional week in September
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House Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerHouse Democrats postpone vote on marijuana decriminalization bill Democrats scramble on COVID-19 relief amid division, Trump surprise The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by The Air Line Pilots Association - Pence lauds Harris as 'experienced debater'; Trump, Biden diverge over debate prep MORE (D-Md.) announced Monday that the chamber won’t be called back into session until the week of Sept. 14, giving members an additional week in their districts next month.

Lawmakers have been advised that they could be called back before then if there's a deal on coronavirus-relief legislation. He said they would given 24 hours notice in the event of a vote.

The House was previously scheduled to be back in session Sept. 8. Monday's announcement gives incumbents more time to campaign in their districts ahead of November’s election.

If lawmakers don't return until mid-September, they'll face a tight deadline to pass government funding legislation by Sept. 30 to avert a shutdown.

Under the new schedule, House lawmakers will only be in Washington for six weeks through the end of the calendar year.