Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Congress Gets Snowed Out

Drew Thies

The historic winter storm that hit Washington, D.C. over the weekend caused delays in what is an already abbreviated calendar for lawmakers. The House will not return to session until next week and the Senate begins legislative business today.

The Senate will have its first hearing this morning after digging out from nearly two feet of snow and two days with the federal government closed.

The House, already facing a shortened week due to a Democratic strategy retreat with President Obama in Baltimore to take place Thursday and Friday, decided to cancel votes until next week because of travel issues for Members of Congress returning to Washington.

The GOP already had its caucus planning meeting earlier in the month and promises to unveil a variety of task forces focusing on areas such as health care reform. The GOP will also begin to focus on developing a fiscal 2017 budget plan and the annual spending bills in the coming months.

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