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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.

By Post Editor  |  February 7, 2010; 6:07 PM ET
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Comments

The party of "NO" and the party of "NO WE CAN'T haven't produced anything all year anyway........so what's the lose?

Posted by: blhudnall | February 9, 2010 10:21 AM | Report abuse

no reason for the fools to go anywhere.the senate and house office buildings have EVERYTHING available.only problem is the lobbyist would have a problem with access to their clients

Posted by: pofinpa | February 9, 2010 9:40 AM | Report abuse

Never thought I'd be thankful for a winter storm. Are you listening Congress?

Posted by: SUBLIMEWOODY | February 9, 2010 8:30 AM | Report abuse

These self interest, self righteous SOB politicians with all the perk, comforts, pandering, subsidized food drink, and everything else needed in the vast indoor size of the US Capitol and its under ground connections need not get outside. In fact these SOBs should be locked in for next 15 days to get them to do what is necessary and get this nation moving ahead.

The SOBs do much of nothing to start with. There is no reason for them venture out. Everything they need is right there in the monster for which the tax payers pay through the nose.

Posted by: winemaster2 | February 9, 2010 4:44 AM | Report abuse

Thanks goes to the good Lord for the weather!
With luck, we may get another snow storm that will keep Obama and the White House, along with Pelosi and Reid at bay! Be thankful for any day they cannot get in our pockets and our lives!! What an arrogant and inexperienced bunch! (PS: Will Obama and Gibbs blame the weather on Bush????)

Posted by: wheeljc | February 8, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Less time to throw away our tax dollars, less time to show the rest of the world how truely inept they are AND it allows the stench to clear out starting a K Street and running up Penn Ave.

Posted by: zendrell | February 8, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Good, one less day for them to screw the American people with some new abomination.

Posted by: sandynh | February 8, 2010 9:41 AM | Report abuse

Every day the government is shut down makes the country that much safer for democracy. Tell them all to stay home until the spring thaw!

Posted by: jpost1 | February 8, 2010 7:04 AM | Report abuse

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