To allow Members to take deeper dives into their committee work, committee-activity-only weeks – or even committee-activity-only days – without any floor activity could be established, building on the precedent laid out during the COVID pandemic.

Conflict between committee work and floor time is one of the factors that make Member time in Washington less productive than it could be. In a four-day week, committees only have two full days to conduct business and even then, Members must split their time between committee meetings and debate and votes on the House floor. This compression of committee time results in the scheduling conflicts already described.

To allow Members to take deeper dives into their committee work, committee-activity-only weeks—or even committee-activity-only days—without any floor activity could be established, building on the precedent laid out during the public health emergency.

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