House Cancels Votes for the Week

The United States House of Representatives has cancelled recorded votes for the remainder of the week due to the weather.  The Washington, DC metropolitan area was buried after a storm dropped 18 inches of snow over the weekend, and another 10-12 inches is expected to fall starting Tuesday afternoon and continue into Wednesday morning.

Don’t expect members to report back to the Capitol next week though.  On Monday, February 15th the federal government will be closed for Presidents Day.  The rest of the week has been designated as a “district work period,” a time that members use to work in their home districts or travel on fact-finding missions as part of a Congressional Delegation, also known as a CODEL.

This means that most members will be out of the building until Monday February 22, 2010 when the next recorded vote is scheduled to occur.  The schedule change also means that there will be recorded votes on Friday, February 26th.  Friday votes are rare in the House, as members frequently use the day to travel and work in their home districts.

The official release sent to members is below:

Due to inclement weather affecting travel to Washington, D.C, Members are advised that there will be no recorded votes taken in the House this week.

Next votes will be on Monday, February 22, 2010 with votes postponed until 6:30 p.m.

Due to changes in the floor schedule this week, the House will now meet on Monday, February 22, 2010, with votes postponed until 6:30 p.m., and recorded votes are now expected on Friday, February 26, 2010. These are changes to the previously announced schedule.