House Leader Anticipates Expanded Agenda, Extends Number of Session Days in 2017


We are anticipating a robust legislative agenda in 2017—which should include many items of interest to ECFC membership, such as the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”). Further evidence of this would be the House legislative calendar released this week

Below is the message released by Majority Leader McCarthy about the 2017 legislative calendar.

“To ensure that we have ample time to enact our conservative agenda, I have increased the average number of days we will be in session by the equivalent of more than three legislative weeks,” the California Republican wrote Wednesday in an email to House Republicans. “With an incoming Trump Administration, I have added these extra session days primarily during the first part of the year.”

The House is scheduled to be in session for 145 days next year. The previous three GOP-led Congresses in non-election years, according to McCarthy’s office, averaged 132 days in session. There are five, five-day workweeks scheduled for 2017.

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