House cancels Friday votes due to Hurricane Florence

House cancels Friday votes due to Hurricane Florence
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House GOP leaders on Thursday said they are canceling Friday votes as members brace for Hurricane Florence.

“Members are advised that—upon passage of the Conference Report to Accompany H.R.5895—votes are no longer expected in the House tomorrow, Friday, September 14,” the House majority whip's office wrote in an email after the majority leader's office informed lawmakers.

Florence, now a large Category 2 storm, is expected to hit the Carolinas, with likely damage in Virginia as well. Canceling votes will allow lawmakers time to return to their districts ahead of the storm, with the eye of hurricane expected to make landfall early on Friday.

Lawmakers were slated to vote Friday on legislation that would modify the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate, which is expected to be taken up after members return from their one-week recess.