House Majority Leader Announces That Politicians Will Now Only Work 2 Days A Week

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Both Democrats and Republicans are gearing up for 2018 midterm elections. Democrats are hoping to gain control of Congress and Republicans are heavily campaigning too in order to put up a fight on election day. According to the Cook Political Report, 29 GOP-held seats are listed as toss-up House seats, and 51 are likely or lean Republican. There are three Democratic toss-up House seats, and 13 seats are likely or lean Democratic.

So, it wasn’t a surprise when House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) announced that the lower chamber of the House would not be holding votes on Thursday, which allows members to leave Washington a day ahead of schedule. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise‘s (R-La.) office made an announcement, saying:

‘Members are advised that — pending timely completion of our scheduled legislative business — votes are no longer expected in the House on Thursday, April 19. The House will meet at noon for legislative business tomorrow, with last votes for the day and week expected at approximately 5:15 PM.’

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It is common for leaders to shorten work periods so members of the House can spend more time campaigning in their districts, especially when an election is drawing near. To gain control of The House, Democrats will need to flip 24 GOP seats. All 435 seats are up for grabs, but only 48 of them are considered competitive.

House speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) announced that he will not seek reelection in 2018, but he will remain in his role until the election. According to POLITICO:

‘The Wisconsin Republican, who announced his retirement last week, argued in a closed-door conference meeting that he’ll have more time to fly around the country and fundraise for House candidates, GOP lawmakers in the room said.’

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