(Cliff Owen/AP)

It turns out Senate Democrats’ 2012 schedule isn’t much more demanding.

According to an outline of next year’s calendar released on Tuesday by the office of Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), the Senate will return to Washington from its December recess on Jan. 23, leaving only seven days of possible legislative business in January.

Unlike the House, which has adopted a two-weeks-on, one-week-off plan for the 112th Congress, the Senate will generally be in session for four-week stretches between recesses.

A figure for expected days in session was not available on Tuesday as the tentative calendar provided by Senate Democrats only sketches the schedule through early September. But like the House, the Senate is likely to ease up on its activity during the fall of 2012 as the campaign season enters its final stretch.

For the first 36 weeks of the year, the chamber will be in session for only 22 weeks, or less than two-thirds of the time.

The full outline released by Senate Democrats is below (for the chamber’s 2011 schedule, click here):

2012 Calendar - 112th Congress, Second Session

Convene – January 23, 2012 (Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday January 16)

4 weeks

February 20 – 24 State Work Period (Presidents’ Day February 20)

5 weeks

March 5- NO VOTE (Monday)

March 12 – NO VOTE (Monday)

March 19 – NO VOTE (Monday)

April 2 – April 13 State Work Period (Passover April 6-7; Good Friday April 6; Easter April 8)

2 weeks

April 30 - May 4 State Work Period

3 weeks

May 28 – June 1 State Work Period (Memorial Day May 28)

4 weeks

July 2 – July 6 State Work Period (Independence Day July 4)

4 weeks

August 6 – September 7 State Work Period (Labor Day September 3)

Target adjournment - TBD