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For Immediate Release: 
March 31, 2020
Contact Info: 
Mariel Saez 202-225-3130
Dear Colleague:
 
First, let me thank all of you for the work you have done to respond quickly and effectively to the health crisis that confronts our people, our country, and the global community. We passed three important bills in a short period of time and in a bipartisan way. Undoubtably there is more that we must do, and we will do it.
 
As I told you in the Floor Update email sent yesterday, I do not expect the House to reconvene prior to April 20, 2020. We will listen to the advice from medical experts as to when we can proceed with the business of Congress in Washington, so it is not possible to give a definitive return date. In the meantime, we will continue working from our districts on behalf of the American people. Clearly, there is much work to be done. In addition to continuing to respond to the coronavirus pandemic, we need to handle the normal annual business of Congress, as well as the work we have promised in our For the People agenda.
 
I would urge you to keep your schedules very flexible. In order to make up for time that has been lost, the House may meet during weeks that had previously been scheduled as District Work Periods, and four-day weeks may become five-day weeks. While we have lost legislative days, we have not reduced the amount of work we have to do.
 
I know that all of us are committed to doing what needs to be done. We will make decisions on the future schedule of the House as soon as the facts allow.  
 
Sincerely,

STENY H. HOYER
House Majority Leader