Future Congressional calendars should aim to maximize full working days to ensure there are substantially more working days than travel days.
Based on distance from D.C., family structure, and other preferences, every Member of Congress has a different idea of what the House calendar should look like. But despite differences in travel habits, one thing all Members can agree on is they would like to spend less time traveling. As Rep. William Timmons pointed out during the October 2019 hearing, the House currently allows close to the maximum number of travel days possible
By rearranging the intensity, duration, and frequency of D.C. work, the number of travel days can be reduced, allowing either more time legislating or more time in the district. A calendar with less days interrupted by travel would allow for more time for the committee-related reforms outlined above.
Previously considered adjustments to the House schedule included five-day weeks with three D.C. work weeks followed by one district work week (“three on, one off”), a five-day “one on, one off” schedule. Five-day weeks would likely reduce travel days because Members would have less time to go back and forth. If the House schedule included a longer stretch than five-days, such as nine-day “super week” then travel could be reduced further.