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Anticipating snowquester, House to vote earlier on government funding

Bowing to Mother Nature, the House will vote on a plan to continue funding the federal government through the end of the fiscal year on Wednesday – one day earlier than initially scheduled.

Minneapolis has already been hit by the storm headed for D.C. (Elizabeth Flores/AP)

House Republican leaders announced the scheduled change Tuesday afternoon, and their aides cited “the anticipated winter storm.”

The House will convene at 10 a.m. and vote on final passage of the continuing resolution by no later than 1:30 p.m., according to GOP aides.

No votes are scheduled for Thursday or Friday in the House.

The Senate is still weighing whether to be in session Wednesday, with an announcement expected shortly. Senior Senate aides noted that the worst portion of the storm is likely to come Wednesday morning and afternoon, making it plausible that the safer decision would be to postpone Wednesday's planned vote on a controversial judicial nomination until Thursday.

According to weather forecasts, the brunt of the storm will be blanketing Capitol Hill until 9 a.m. Wednesday, just before the House opens for deliberation of the funding bill.



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