Snow Forces House to Cancel Votes
By Ben Pershing
The federal government may be open for business today, but Congress is changing its plans after the D.C. area got hit with a hefty snowstorm overnight.
The House had been scheduled to vote tonight at 6:30 p.m. on several non-controversial bills, as it often does on Monday evenings, but House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said at noon today that those votes had been bumped until Tuesday after 3 p.m. Most lawmakers would be flying back from their districts today, and the snow up and down the Eastern seaboard has wreaked havoc at several airports.
Even Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who typically gets to ride on a military plane, isn't immune from the effects of the weather. Her office announced this morning that she would have to cancel a planned speech at an environmental rally on the West Front of the Capitol for the 2009 Annual Power Shift Conference.
The Senate isn't voting today either, but there were already no votes on the schedule before the snowstorm hit.
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