Both The House And The Senate Hope To Approve A Funding Extension By Voice Vote Before Friday

Henry Rodgers | Capitol Hill Reporter

The House and Senate hope to avoid a government shutdown by approving a funding extension by voice vote before the Friday deadline.

“Members are advised that — in light of the passing of President George H.W. Bush — votes are no longer expected in the House this week,” House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s office said in an email to members, according to The Hill. “Next votes in the House are planned for Monday, December 10, at 6:30 PM.”

McCarthy’s announcement comes as funding for the government is set to expire Friday. However, the House will reportedly pass a two-week resolution to avoid a government shutdown, funding the government until Dec. 21.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy talks with reporters following the weekly House Republican Conference meeting at the U.S. Capitol April 17, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

This comes as the House of Representatives canceled votes for the week despite a possible government shutdown as former President George H.W. Bush died Friday.

Bush will be honored in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda Monday and Tuesday, where he will lie in state, before his funeral service Wednesday at the Washington National Cathedral. He will be buried Thursday at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Texas next to his wife, Barbara Bush, who died on April 17. (RELATED: Barbara Bush Dies At Age 92)

The House will also have to provide funding for the National Flood Insurance Program “no later than 11:59 pm on Dec. 7, 2018,” according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s website.

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