Snow scrambles Senate schedule
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A spring snowstorm that has shuttered much of Washington is throwing the Senate's schedule into flux. 
 
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellBiden: 'No party should have too much power' Overnight Energy: Pelosi vows bold action to counter 'existential' climate threat | Trump jokes new light bulbs don't make him look as good | 'Forever chemicals' measure pulled from defense bill Overnight Health Care — Presented by Johnson & Johnson – House progressives may try to block vote on Pelosi drug bill | McConnell, Grassley at odds over Trump-backed drug pricing bill | Lawmakers close to deal on surprise medical bills MORE (R-Ky.) said on Wednesday that he has spoken with Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerOvernight Health Care — Presented by Johnson & Johnson — Democrats call on Supreme Court to block Louisiana abortion law | Michigan governor seeks to pause Medicaid work requirements | New front in fight over Medicaid block grants House, Senate Democrats call on Supreme Court to block Louisiana abortion law Why a second Trump term and a Democratic Congress could be a nightmare scenario for the GOP MORE (D-N.Y.) about moving up a slate of votes to "accommodate safe travel." 
 
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"I'd like this morning to give an update for my colleagues, given the challenges associated with the weather and also as we move toward a conclusion of the omnibus. ... It's my expectation we'll move forward with votes today ... moving them up in the day, hopefully, to accommodate safe travel," McConnell announced from the Senate floor. 
 
The Senate is currently scheduled to have three votes around 4:30 p.m. on legislation to combat sex trafficking. 
 
It's unclear how quickly the votes could be rescheduled. McConnell said senators would be notified when votes are scheduled. 
 
The snowstorm has forced a slate of closures around Washington. The White House on Wednesday canceled its public events, federal offices are closed and schools in the area are shut down for the day. 
 
The inclement weather comes as Congress is racing to prevent a government shutdown set to begin Friday at midnight. 
 
Leaders indicated they are close to an agreement as they emerged from a meeting on Wednesday morning. 
 
 
"We feel like we're in a good place," he said. 
 
 
Schumer said leadership was still going over language but that "we hope we'll be ready to go in a few hours."