What is a recess?

Published on August 24, 2021

What is recess in the world of politics?  

Recess is when the House and Senate have a temporary break in proceedings. Officially, recess is an adjournment for more than three days, which must be approved by both the House and the Senate according to the constitution. Business is postponed until the following session. Basically, it is a well-deserved break for Members of Congress and their staff so they can be with their family and friends, and it gives lawmakers a chance to catch up with their constituents in their hometown. August recess also has a long history in Congress!  

August recess is also an opportunity for advocates to reach out to policy makers and their staff on their issues when things are not as busy. Whether you are a seasoned advocate or just getting started, an easy way to reach out to your Members of Congress this August is by using the Action Alerts on our website. 

If you would like to keep on top of what Congress is doing and when they are in recess or voting, click HERE.