After a lackluster week, the House and Senate left for their August recess last night and won’t be back until September 10th. Unless the House agrees to formally adjournment today, and I don’t think they will, the Senate will be forced to hold a series of pro forma sessions on each Tuesday and Friday through Labor Day. Pro forma sessions are where the chamber gavels in and gavels out while conducting no official business. This is just more of the silliness that exists in DC these days with both chambers and both parties continuing to one-up each other in an effort to demonstrate their political leadership. It is safe to say that there will be no official legislative business in DC until after September 10th.
The Office of Federal Relations team will continue to post news of interest during the August recess, but will be spending much of our time on the three UW campuses meeting with folks and organizing tours/meetings/briefings for congressional staff and federal officials. Drop us a note if you’d like to meet with us on campus during August.