By Christina Wilkie - 12/18/09 10:34 PM EST
Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) will not be trudging through the snow to a Senate vote this weekend.
Earlier this month on a Saturday, Lieberman walked five miles through inclement weather from his home and synagogue in Georgetown to make it to the upper chamber to vote on healthcare reform amendments.
The senator left Washington on Friday to spend the weekend at his home in Connecticut as his Senate colleagues prepare to debate and vote on a defense-spending measure.
Heavy snow is forecast for the Washington area on Saturday.
According to his spokesman, Lieberman was "assured by Democratic and Republican leaders that his vote was not needed to pass Defense appropriations."
His spokesman added that Lieberman, an observant Jew, "will spend the Sabbath and the last night of Hanukkah with his wife, Hadassah, and
their children and grandchildren."
This article was updated on Dec. 19 at 9:05 a.m.