Snowflakes! House CANCELS all votes with a shutdown just four days away and the White


  • A winter storm has frozen government officials’ ability to work Tuesday
  • Federal offices are closed today and employees have been asked to telework

A winter storm has frozen government officials’ ability to work Tuesday as a rare dumping of snow covered the nation’s capital.

The House of Representatives announced they would be cancelling votes, the White House called an early press lid and federal offices are closed as the area deals with several inches of snow. 

GOP Whip Tom Emmer’s office advised that ‘votes are no longer expected today’ due to ‘inclement weather conditions.’

The House will now plan to vote for the first time on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. ET – just three days before the next anticipated government shutdown on Friday at midnight. 

The Senate, meanwhile, is still meeting Tuesday in order to kick off the long process of staving off a shutdown with a short-gap spending measure that would fund the government into the beginning of March.  

A short drive down Pennsylvania Avenue, the White House announced that employees could work virtually due to the inclement weather. 

They also announced a press lid shortly after 10:00 a.m., meaning reporters and the public will not hear or see from President Biden for the remainder of the day.

Other federal offices are also closed today and employees have been asked to telework.

Over three inches of snow have fallen in Washington D.C. since Monday, causing treacherous road conditions Tuesday

Over three inches of snow have fallen in Washington D.C. since Monday, causing treacherous road conditions Tuesday

Members of Congress must pass a spending bill by Friday to keep multiple government agencies from shutting down

Members of Congress must pass a spending bill by Friday to keep multiple government agencies from shutting down

Federal offices throughout the Washington-area are closed Tuesday, according to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management

Federal offices throughout the Washington-area are closed Tuesday, according to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management

Public school classes were canceled in Washington D.C. and neighboring Maryland and Virginia counties as a result of the winter storm

Public school classes were canceled in Washington D.C. and neighboring Maryland and Virginia counties as a result of the winter storm

The Washington, D.C. area had not gotten over an inch of snow in over two years before the storm hit this week, according to local weather reports

The Washington, D.C. area had not gotten over an inch of snow in over two years before the storm hit this week, according to local weather reports

The White House called called for a lid shortly after 10:00 AM on Tuesday, meaning reporters and the public will not see or hear from the president for the remainder of the day

The White House called called for a lid shortly after 10:00 AM on Tuesday, meaning reporters and the public will not see or hear from the president for the remainder of the day

D.C. residents celebrated the storm on the National Mall  by having snowball fights and building snowmen

D.C. residents celebrated the storm on the National Mall  by having snowball fights and building snowmen

Locals roll snow into balls for snowmen in front of the Washington Monument

Locals roll snow into balls for snowmen in front of the Washington Monument 

The White House advised its employees they could telework on Tuesday due to the weather

The White House advised its employees they could telework on Tuesday due to the weather

The snow day comes as the federal government is set to partially shut down on Friday if a spending bill is not passed. 

Since the end of September, Congress has failed to pass appropriations bills to fund government agencies for 2024. Instead, they have passed two short-term spending deals called continuing resolutions, or CRs, to kick the issue of funding down the road. 

If a CR is reached, the government would continue funding federal agencies at the same levels set by former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, to the chagrin of many Republicans. 

The senate has not cancelled their votes scheduled for Tuesday and seems poised to vote on a CR this week. 

House Speaker Mike Johnson recently agreed to a deal with Senate Majority leader Chuck Schumer that would fund the government in fiscal year 2024 at a $1.6 trillion level.

If the greenlit CR is passed before midnight on Friday, a government shutdown would be avoided until at least March 1. 



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