D.C. Council begins 2-month summer recess

WASHINGTON (AP) - The D.C. Council is on a 2-month break.

The Council's summer recess begins Friday and runs through Sept. 15.

This year's Council session has been defined more by controversy than by major legislation. A Council committee investigated the hiring practices of Mayor Vincent Gray. Council Chairman Kwame Brown was criticized for asking the city government to lease two fully loaded SUVs. Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr. is under federal investigation after being accused in a lawsuit of diverting $300,000 in city funds for personal use. And Brown is also under federal investigation for possible campaign finance violations.

Before the recess, Brown orchestrated a reshuffling of the Council committees, taking transportation away from Councilmember Tommy Wells and giving it to his ally, Councilmember Mary Cheh.