The House of Representatives will cut back on Fridays during the 113th Congress, being in session only 15 Fridays through all of 2013, which is nearly a 30% drop from 2011.
The House was in session for 21 Fridays in 2011. In 2013, Representatives will “work only one Friday for nine months out of the year, and two Fridays for the other three months.”
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) released the schedule on Friday and said part of his goal was to “ensure that we never lose touch with the constituents we each represent while completing our work in Washington.
“Time spent in the district between Monday and Friday is essential for meeting with small businesses, employees, seniors, veterans, and other local communities during working hours,” Cantor wrote.
One House aide explained that the reduced number of Fridays on the House calendar was “just a freak occurrence.” The individual claimed not to notice “that there were substantially fewer Fridays and it wasn’t anything purposeful.”