August is to recess what November is to elections (and January is to the State of the Union and — once upon a time — what July was to appropriations). August is the month of shorter to-do lists and longer lunches. With Congress out of session, it's an ideal time to take vacation, or to just leave early for midday cocktails.
But even the summertime recess can become routine, and the once-ambitious to-do list can grow stale. So how do you make the most of the "District Work Period?" Hill Navigator has some ideas . 1. Go to the state/district
. No August recess is complete without a few days (or even a week) in the district/state office. Those lucky enough to work for their home-state member can turn these trips into some quality family visiting time, but for those who work elsewhere, district trips are still valuable. Here’s why: Capitol Hill is its own, isolated microcosm of a community. The politics and policies fiercely debated here have a way of translating much differently outside the Beltway. Even if you aren’t one to mull over the legislative accomplishment (or lack thereof) of Congress, going to the state/district will serve as a reminder of whom you represent (and their transportation needs, which may serve particularly useful this fall). Hearing from people — whether in a town hall meeting or Waffle House— may be the best dose of reality you’ll get all summer.