Winter storm: House cancels all votes with a shutdown four days away


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

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 canceling 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 of Representatives announced they would be canceling 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 on 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.

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 on 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.

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

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

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 canceled their votes scheduled for Tuesday and seems poised to vote on a CR this week.

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 canceled 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.

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.

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