I can always tell when there is a Congressional recess. It is impossible for me to hail a cab, for one thing. (In Washington, taxi drivers get a lot of their business from the federal government.) For another, the bars I pass on my walk home, a few footsteps from the Capitol, are filled with many fewer congressional aides. (When Congress is in session, they're easily identifiable by their identifications which, inexplicably, they wear everywhere.)
So, it's August, and it's summer vacation time. For me, for you (I hope), and for our representatives. Laura Rozen, writing for The Cable — a great blog, hosted by Foreign Policy magazine, has "an exclusive guide to Congress's summer junkets."
Sens. John McCain (R-AZ), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Joseph Lieberman (I-CT), and Susan Collins are going to Afghanistan, Iceland, Iraq, Kuwait, Libya, and Yemen. (I'll take the beach over those, thank-you-very-much!)
Much more my speed: the trip Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) is taking, to Canada, China, Ireland, Kazakhstan, Switzerland, and Ukraine.
If you want to know where your congressperson is spending his or her recess, you can find a .PDF of the whole list here.