Congress delays votes after George H.W. Bush death

Lawmakers are delaying votes as Washington mourns the death of former President George H.W. Bush.

Both the House and Senate had been scheduled to start their work week with votes on Monday evening. Instead, they're expected to hold their first votes of the week on Wednesday in the wake of Bush's death.   


The Senate canceled votes for both Monday and Tuesday. According to a notice from the Senate Republican Policy Committee, which is overseen by Sen. John BarrassoJohn Anthony BarrassoDems slam EPA plan for fighting drinking water contaminants Overnight Energy: Zinke joins Trump-tied lobbying firm | Senators highlight threat from invasive species | Top Republican calls for Green New Deal vote in House Senators highlight threat from invasive species MORE (R-Wyo.), votes will now be on Wednesday with the exact timing to be determined.

A spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellDems ready aggressive response to Trump emergency order, as GOP splinters Green New Deal Resolution invites big picture governing ‘Contingency’ spending in 3B budget deal comes under fire MORE (R-Ky.) confirmed that Monday evening's 5:30 p.m. vote had been postponed. The GOP leader is expected to address the schedule change once the Senate comes into session at 3 p.m. 

The House is also delaying votes and will not be in session on Tuesday, according to a scheduling announcement over the weekend from House GOP leadership.

"Per the Speaker's announcement, the House will now meet on Monday, December 3, to consider resolutions pertaining to the lying in state of the 41st President of the United States, George H.W. Bush. No votes are expected in the House," the announcement said.

The Senate generally leaves Washington for the week on Thursday afternoon, while the House is scheduled to be in session on Friday morning.  

Bush's death is the latest shuffle to an increasingly chaotic end-of-the-year schedule, where leadership is juggling must-pass bills and competing requests from rank-and-file members.

A meeting between President TrumpDonald John TrumpGillibrand backs federal classification of third gender: report Former Carter pollster, Bannon ally Patrick Caddell dies at 68 Heather Nauert withdraws her name from consideration for UN Ambassador job MORE, House Democratic Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiNational emergency declaration — a legal fight Trump is likely to win Congress allows Violence Against Women Act to lapse High stakes as Trump, Dems open drug price talks MORE (Calif.) and Senate Democratic Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerNational emergency declaration — a legal fight Trump is likely to win House Judiciary Dems seek answers over Trump's national emergency declaration Mandatory E-Verify: The other border wall MORE (N.Y.) scheduled for Tuesday was also postponed

Former President George W. Bush announced that his father had passed away on Friday night, describing him “as a man of the highest character and the best dad a son or daughter could ask for.”

Bush, who was 94, will lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda starting on Monday. A bicameral arrival ceremony is expected to be held at 5 p.m. on Monday evening.

President Trump ordered flags at half-staff for 30 days and, in a proclamation, declared Wednesday a national day of mourning. A memorial service is expected to be held Wednesday at the National Cathedral in Washington.