House cancels vacation to work on ending shutdown

January 15, 2019

The House will skip its planned weeklong vacation that had been scheduled for next week in order to work on ending the partial government shutdown, Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer announced Tuesday.

The move avoids what would have been an embarrassing spectacle of lawmakers heading home for a vacation even as many of their constituents are suffering from the shutdown.

Similar calls have emerged in the Senate, which is also slated to be off.

The House will not be in session on Monday, which is the federal holiday to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr.

But Mr. Hoyer warned them they could be called for votes as early as Tuesday.

President Trump mocked Democrats for their refusal to negotiate over his demand for a border wall the major issue that led to the shutdown and chided them for fleeing town last weekend.

A number of Democrats went to Puerto Rico for a political confab, sparking embarrassing photos of some of them on sunny beaches while workers back in Washington struggled through a massive snowstorm.

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