The House of Representatives will not be voting on any bills this week because of the massive snowstorm that hit the D.C. metro region this weekend.
In a memo from the House majority leader, members have been advised that due to the severity of the weather and the poor travel conditions, previously scheduled votes on Tuesday, Jan. 26 and Wednesday, Jan. 27, have been postponed. The next votes are now scheduled for Monday, Feb. 1.
More than 10,000 flights along the East Coast have been cancelled due to this weekend's winter storm, which has dumped around 2 feet of snow in and around Washington, D.C.
Also postponed is the consideration of two pieces of legislation: H.R. 3662, the "Iran Terror Finance Transparency Act" and the veto message on H.R. 3762, "Restoring Americans' Healthcare Freedom Act," a bill that would dismantle Obamacare and cut Planned Parenthood funding.
President Obama vetoed the "Restoring Americans' Healthcare Freedom Act" on Jan. 8 after both the House and the Senate passed it using a budget reconciliation process that prevented a Democratic filibuster in the Senate.
Consideration of the two items will commence the Feb. 1.
No votes were scheduled for the end of the week as the Democrats have their annual retreat starting on Wednesday in Baltimore, Md., where snow totals have reached more than 30 inches as of Monday morning. Baltimore resident Paul Alexander Butler described the chaotic scene at Safeway in Hartford before the storm hit Maryland: "I saw a lady RUNNING down the aisle. There's broken bottles of Gatorade and salsa on the floor. This is amazing. I kind of want to hang out and watch."
The Senate is postponing votes until Wednesday.
Meanwhile the Office of Personnel and Management announced Sunday evening that the federal government in the Washington, D.C.-area will be closed on Monday. Emergency and telework-ready employees required to work have been instructed to follow their agencies' policies.