Weather pushes back congressional schedule
By Paul Kane
The Senate has postponed its planned Monday legislative action, which was scheduled to include a key vote on President Obama's nominee to a federal labor board, giving senators an additional 24 hours to travel back to the Capitol in the wake of this weekend's massive snowstorm.
Instead, the Senate now expects to delay votes until 5 p.m. Tuesday, presuming that the next blast of snow predicted to arrive that day does not cause additional travel problems. The votes will be on a nominee to the federal courts and the nomination of Craig Becker to be a member of the National Labor Relations Board.
Becker, a counsel for the Service Employees International Union, has generated a large degree of GOP opposition and may end up being the first victim of Republican Sen. Scott Brown's stunning victory in the Jan. 19 special election in Massachusetts. Brown's win gave Republicans 41 votes in the Senate, the bare minimum needed to halt legislation and nominations if they all stick together.
Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid's office announced that the chamber will open Monday afternoon, but only so a handful of senators who stayed in town can convene a brief session to reschedule the votes for Tuesday evening. The Senate's weekly policy lunches, usually held Tuesday afternoons, will be put off until Wednesday, weather permitting.
The House already has a light schedule for the week, expecting to convene Tuesday night for votes on a host of noncontroversial pieces of legislation. On Wednesday and Thursday the chamber is expected to vote on a bill authorizing the intelligence community's budget and actions, then a bill stripping anti-trust exemptions for the insurance industry.
February 7, 2010; 6:07 PM ET
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