House Majority Leader Eric Cantor announced the 2014 House schedule on Thursday — leaving lots of time for campaigning.
The House is scheduled to be in session 113 days in 2014.
Of course — as any member will tell you — the work doesn't end when lawmakers leave Washington. District work periods are an integral part of representation, particularly when it's an election year.
Between August and Nov. 4 — Election Day 2014 — the House will be in session 12 days. The chamber will be in session for 27 days between August and the year's end.
None of these numbers are wildly out of line with recent schedules. In the second session of the 112th Congress, the House was in session 153 days. In the second session of the 111th Congress, 128 days. The 110th Congress? 119 days. The 109th? 104.
Of course, the schedule is tentative. Cantor canceled some district work days this year, and it's entirely possible that whole weeks will be changed.
On Thursday, the Virigina Republican touted the schedule for creating certainty and increasing efficiency and productivity in the committee process.
This is also the first time that the House schedule is available on Google and Outlook calendars.