Congressional schedule

View a comprehensive schedule here.

District work period

During a legislative recess, federal legislators typically go back to their district for what is often called a “district work period.” Legislators use this time to work on their state/district issues, hold town hall meetings, facility tours, fundraisers, etc. It’s a great time for constituents to schedule visits with Members of Congress. The typical schedule is listed below, but the dates can vary.

President’s Day Recess (February)
Spring Recess (March)
Memorial Day Recess (May)
Independence Day Recess (July)
Summer Recess (August until Labor Day)
Fall/Winter Recess (November to January)


Committee Overview

House Senate

There are 21 House committees that have jurisdiction over various legislative issues. These committees make recommendations for full House consideration on legislative issues and bills. Other responsibilities the committees have are oversight to monitor agencies, programs, and activities within their jurisdictions, and in some cases in areas that cut across committee jurisdictions.

The following are the current House committees:

  • Agriculture
  • Appropriations
  • Armed Services
  • Budget
  • Education and the Workforce
  • Energy and Commerce
  • Ethics
  • Financial Services
  • Foreign Affairs
  • Homeland Security
  • House Administration
  • Judiciary
  • Natural Resources
  • Oversight and Government Reform
  • Rules
  • Science, Space, and Technology
  • Transportation and Infrastructure
  • Veterans’ Affairs
  • Ways and Means
  • Intelligence

The Senate is divided into 20 committees, 68 subcommittees, and four joint committees. The Senate committee system is similar to the House of Representatives, but has its own guidelines, within which each committee adopts its own rules. This creates considerable difference among the panels.

The following are the current Senate committees:

  • Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
  • Appropriations
  • Armed Services
  • Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs
  • Budget; Commerce, Science, and Transportation
  • Energy and Natural Resources
  • Environment and Public Works
  • Finance
  • Foreign Relations
  • Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
  • Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
  • Judiciary
  • Rules and Administration
  • Small Business and Entrepreneurship
  • Veterans' Affairs


The following committees maintain jurisdiction over legislation that could impact your pharmacy.

House: Senate:


Ways and Means Committee, Subcommittee on Health

The Ways and Means Committee maintains jurisdiction over health legislation funded by federal revenue, tax legislation, Social Security and Medicare Parts A and B. 


Energy and Commerce Committee, Subcommittee on Health

The Subcommittee on Health within the Energy and Commerce Committee controls legislation on The Social Security Act and its associated programs, including Medicaid, Medicare Part B, long-term care, and peer review, as well as The Public Health Service Act and its associated programs, including drug abuse, mother and child healthcare and HMOs.


Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging

The Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging has jurisdiction over legislation regarding long-term care services for older Americans, programs relating to The Health Resources and Services Act, health care disparities, and community health centers.


Committee on Finance, Subcommittee on Health Care

The Senate Finance Committee and its health care subcommittee are responsible for legislation on Medicare and Medicaid, as well as other programs that, in the aggregate, involve almost three-fifths of the federal budget. As a result of the full committee’s jurisdiction over amendments to internal revenue laws, which may affect tax reform and philanthropy, both the committee and its health subcommittee have significant influence over health-related measures and issues that affect health care institutions. Amendments to the Social Security Act, which include Medicare, Medicaid, and maternal and child health, for example, also encompass legislation affecting the following: public assistance; old age, survivors, and disability insurance; and unemployment compensation programs.