Friday, July 10, 2009

Why We Only Have til January 2011

The 111th Congress has already been in session since January 3, 2009 and will be in session until January 3, 2011. That means we have until January 3, 2011 to get this bill passed. Plus, other factors limit how much time we have. Why do we say this? Read below to see why!

Dates of Congress

Overview - 111th Congress (2009-2011)

This page gives the exact dates for the current Congress from start to finish.

Still Pending? Too Bad.

What happens to bills when Congress changes?

This page makes it clear that pending bills DO NOT carry over from one Congress to the next. If we do not get this bill through Congress before the end of the Congress, the bill will die.

Congressional Breaks

Not only that, as the Congress schedule and the House Calendar PDF makes clear, Congress is currently in session after the recent holiday break, but starting August 1 until September 7, they return to their home districts, and September 8 the House reconvenes in Washington, DC. This means we effectively lose a month.

This is why we have been saying "This is our second chance. We might not get a third chance!" Keep sending those emails to Congress and join Caption Action 2 on Facebook.

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