POLICY BRIEFINGS


GUIDE TO THE 115th CONGRESS - FIRST SESSION



Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Federal Holidays:


  • Monday, January 2: New Year’s Day*
  • Monday, January 16: Birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Friday, January 20: Inauguration Day **
  • Monday, February 20: Washington’s Birthday (President’s Day)***
  • Monday, May 29 2: Memorial Day
  • Tuesday, July 4: Independence Day
  • Monday, September 4: Labor Day
  • Monday, October 9: Columbus Day
  • Friday, November 10: Veteran’s Day****
  • Thursday, November 23: Thanksgiving Day
  • Monday, December 25: Christmas Day

* January 1, 2017 (the legal public holiday for New Year’s Day), falls on a Sunday. For most Federal employees, Monday, January 2, will be treated as a holiday for pay and leave purposes. (See section 3(a) of Executive order 11582, February 11, 1971.)

** Inauguration Day, January 20, 2017, falls on a Friday. An employee who works in the District of Columbia, Montgomery or Prince George's Counties in Maryland, Arlington or Fairfax Counties in Virginia, or the cities of Alexandria or Fairfax in Virginia, and who is regularly scheduled to perform nonovertime work on Inauguration Day, is entitled to a holiday. (See 5 U.S.C. 6103(c).) There is no in-lieu-of holiday for employees who are not regularly scheduled to work on Inauguration Day.

*** This holiday is designated as "Washington’s Birthday" in section 6103(a) of title 5 of the United States Code, which is the law that specifies holidays for Federal employees. Though other institutions such as state and local governments and private businesses may use other names, it is our policy to always refer to holidays by the names designated in the law.

**** November 11, 2017 (the legal public holiday for Veterans Day), falls on a Saturday. For most Federal employees, Friday, November 10, will be treated as a holiday for pay and leave purposes. (See 5 U.S.C. 6103(b).)


U.S. Senate


Balance of Power in the U.S. Senate, 115th Congress:
52 Republicans
46 Democrats
2 Independents (both caucus with the Democrats)


Senate Leadership


With Republicans maintaining majority control in the U.S. Senate, most top Republican Senate leadership posts have remained unchanged. For Democrats, former Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has retired, and is replaced in the Minority Leader position by Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY). Provided below is a list of major leadership positions in the Senate for the 115th Congress.


Senate Committee Leadership


Below is a list of Senate Committee Chairs and Ranking Members for the 115th Congress. Republicans kept control of the Senate, where a handful of new Chairs have been chosen. Click on any committee to jump to their most up to date roster. The Senate committees with primary jurisdiction in health issues are the Senate Finance Committee (Medicare, Medicaid, Affordable Care Act) and the Senate HELP Committee (FDA, NIH, CDC, public health, Affordable Care Act).

Bold text indicates a new Chairman or Ranking Member for the 115th Congress.
*Republican Chairs will be formally selected by a vote of the members of each respective panel and then ratified by the Senate Republican Conference. Predictions according to CQ/Rollcall.
**Joint committees are made up of bicameral members. The chairmanship and vice-chairmanship of the committee alternate between the Senate and House every Congress.




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