TUESDAY, DECEMBER 4TH
The House has canceled all votes for the week and the Senate has postponed votes until after the Wednesday funeral of former President George H.W. Bush.
House lawmakers were scheduled to vote on 14 bills under suspension of the rules this week, in addition to the farm bill conference report and a fiscal 2019 spending package. Current funding for nine Cabinet departments and dozens of smaller agencies will run dry on Dec. 7.
Bush’s passing on Friday  scrambled the congressional calendar and changed the calculation of government shutdown politics. President Donald Trump renewed his threat of a shutdown last week, but in light of ceremonies for Bush, he said Saturday he was open to a short-term extension of spending talks if congressional leaders request one.