Press Release, Office of Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer
WASHINGTON, DC – House Majority Leader-elect Steny H. Hoyer (MD) issued the following statement today after releasing the House legislative schedule for calendar year 2019:
“I am pleased to announce the House schedule for the first session of the 116th Congress. As we welcome a large class of new members, many with young families, next year’s schedule is focused on balancing time in Washington with time for Members to conduct work in their districts and spend time with their families. As we return to regular order, next year’s schedule is intended to accommodate committee work on the pressing challenges facing our nation and to provide Members with certainty when planning their schedules.
“The 116th Congress will have significant issues to address, from lowering health care and prescription drug costs to strengthening our nation’s infrastructure, from enacting government reforms that will renew Americans’ faith in government to expanding economic opportunities and raising wages so that more people can Make It In America. We will also restore Congress’s critical oversight role to protect taxpayer dollars and the health and safety of the American people.
“In this election, the American people made it clear that the issues they care about are not being addressed, and they voted resoundingly for change. Beginning in January, the Democratic-led House will tackle the challenges facing our nation and work to make real progress for our people.”
View the schedule for the U.S. House of Representatives for calendar year 2019.
The House is scheduled to meet for 130 days in 2019, similar to the 123 days the House was scheduled to meet in 2011 when Republicans took the majority. The House will be in session for thirty-three weeks, one more than was scheduled for 2011. Nearly all of those weeks are four-day weeks.
There will be no votes in the House before 1:00 p.m. or after 7:00 p.m., except when considering appropriations bills. If necessary, the House may debate and consider other legislation after 7:00 p.m., but votes will not be held past that point. On the first day of each week, votes will occur at 6:30 p.m. The last votes of the week may be necessary prior to 1:00 p.m., and will not occur after 3:00 p.m.