Hoyer: No House Votes This Week

Posted February 9, 2010 at 12:13pm

Updated: 2:25 p.m.

The House will not vote this week because of a second major snowstorm expected to hit the region Tuesday afternoon, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer’s (D-Md.) office announced.

Hoyer said the decision to cancel votes the rest of the week was made in consultation with Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) and was made primarily because of numerous flight cancellations.

“Members are unable to get here because airlines are reluctant to fly here,” Hoyer said.

The decision means Members will get an extended Presidents Day recess and will have to work two additional days next week. Hoyer said the chamber will reconvene on Feb. 22, one day earlier than planned, and will be in session on Feb. 26.

The Senate is still scheduled to reconvene Tuesday, with votes planned for 5 p.m. Hoyer said House Democrats are also keeping an eye on the Senate’s jobs package in hopes of clearing something to the president’s desk quickly.

The House was expected to begin consideration of the Intelligence Authorization Act for fiscal 2010 and the Health Insurance Industry Antitrust Enforcement Act, which would repeal the antitrust exemptions for health and medical malpractice insurance companies.

The snowstorm is expected to bring significant accumulation to the area. Washington is still trying to clean up after a weekend blizzard hit the region.