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Data: Brookings Institution, United States Senate; Chart: Connor Rothschild/Axios

Like their Senate colleagues, House members are spending more days in session than past congresses — but far fewer hours per day on average, according to data from the Brookings Institution and the U.S. Senate.

Why it matters: The Senate may have come to an agreement on the bipartisan infrastructure package on Wednesday, but it still faces chaos in the House — and threatens to cut short representatives’ August recess late next month.

  • While House members spent less than 4 hours per day in session during the 116th Congress, from 2019 through 2020, a big part of their jobs includes spending time in their districts.
  • There's only data for half a year, but the 117th Congress has spent an average of 4 1/2 hours per day in session, so far.

The big picture: Although the House also had to shorten its August recess in 2010 and 1994, the summer break has generally gotten longer for representatives during election years, according to Pew Research Center.

  • The House spent an average of 17 days on August recess during election years between 1972 and 1982. That rose to 36 days between 2006 and 2016.

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Shutdown Plan B

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The Senate will hold a futile vote Monday night — just 72 hours before a potential shutdown — on a House-passed bill to fund the government through Dec. 3 and raise the debt limit.

Why it matters: The bill is going to fail. Period. But then comes Plan B: A "clean" continuing resolution — stripped of language about raising the debt limit — that Democrats spent the past week preparing, Axios is told.

Updated Sep 26, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Pelosi may delay Monday vote on infrastructure package

Screenshot: ABC's "This Week."

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Sunday said she might not bring the $1 trillion infrastructure bill to the floor on Monday as previously pledged.

Why it matters: Pelosi's remarks on ABC's "This Week" come as Democrats have struggled to agree on the timing of the bill and as the divide between moderate Democrats and their progressive counterparts widen over the final value of the reconciliation package.

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Senate Republicans sink short-term government funding, debt limit bill

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Senate Republicans on Monday voted down the House-passed bill to fund the government through Dec. 3 and raise the debt limit.

Why it matters: Congress is just 72 hours away from a potential shutdown, so now comes Democrats' Plan B. Democratic leadership is expected strip the short-term funding bill of language about raising the debt limit — the part that Republicans' reject — in order to pass a bill before federal agencies close down on Friday.