Federal offices in Washington will be closed on Tuesday, although weather updates late Monday included some forecasts for lower wind speeds due to the hurricane than what was first projected. The Capitol area was expected to see strong gusts of up to 60 or 70 miles per hour, but some forecasts said those gusts might top out at 40 to 50 miles per hour.

The House has held two pro forma sessions each week after leaving for campaign season in late September, and only once used the session to approve a few bills by unanimous consent. Democrats have tried to use the pro forma meetings to call on the House to return to work, but have been blocked from delivering formal remarks on the floor for the last few weeks.