The House is expected to adjourn for the August recess as early as Aug. 4, with a return date of Sept. 5, 2017. The Senate was originally scheduled to follow suit, but Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced earlier this month that he would delay the start of his chamber’s recess by two weeks in hopes of ironing out a health care deal and to address other pressing legislative items. Nonetheless, both House and Senate lawmakers will return in September to a full plate including legislation to fund the government; raise the debt ceiling; and potentially a budget that sets up a major overhaul of the tax code.
Impact on General Dentistry: The August recess presents an excellent opportunity for AGD members to meet with their elected officials in their districts to discuss issues of importance to general dentistry and oral health. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit AGD’s Advocacy page for information and/or assistance in meeting with your legislators.