Washington, DC empties out quickly in early August as members of Congress race to highways and airports to begin their month-long "district work period." Packed with town hall meetings, "listening sessions," Rotary club speeches, county fair walkthroughs, political fundraisers and events, with some time squeezed in for a family vacation, August is a hectic time for any senator or House member. I remember returning to Washington a few times in September so exhausted that the routine of committee meetings, constant votes, and late night sessions was actually a relief. (Watch video of Gov. Wise talking about the August recess by clicking on the image to the left).
The importance of the August recess in the political and legislative process is rarely noted, yet this four- to five-week period may do more to shape each year's political direction than any other time of year. And for constituents, August presents the best opportunity to weigh in on past legislative actions while trying to shape future ones.
So why is August such a critical month for federal decisionmakers?Read Entire Post