After Today, House Is Done Through the Elections

Ruiz and Young check their phones as they walk down the House steps following a series of votes on Wednesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

It's official: The House is closing up shop until after the midterm elections.  

Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy's office announced Thursday there will be no votes on Friday and said the four-day session originally scheduled to begin on Sept. 29 has been canceled, pending Senate approval of the continuing resolution that passed the House Wednesday.  

That means lawmakers will be sprinting to the exits — and the quick trip to the airport — after the close of business Thursday. The CR keeping the government open past Sept. 30 is the only must-pass bill keeping Congress in town.  

The Senate has already set a lame-duck session for Nov. 12 — after the elections but before new officeholders are sworn-in.  


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