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Hoyer Cancels Friday Votes, Hopes to Act on CR Next Week

House Democratic leaders canceled votes for Friday after failing to reach an agreement with the Senate on passing a continuing resolution keeping the government operating.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) announced the schedule change late Thursday and said the House would reconvene Wednesday with votes possible Wednesday and Sept. 30.

Hoyer said there will be no votes Oct. 1.

“After completing work on a major bill that will help small businesses create jobs, the House will not have votes tomorrow,” Hoyer said. “I was hopeful that we would be able to reach an agreement with the Senate on a continuing resolution so that the House could act on it tomorrow, but while negotiations are progressing, they are not complete. We will be back next week to complete action on it.”

The House cleared a small-business jobs bill Thursday for President Barack Obama’s signature.

A Democratic leadership aide said that a number of other items could come up next week and that no decision has been made on whether to vote on extending the Bush-era tax cuts.

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