House Looks to Get Out of Town Before Snow

Forecasters are calling for as many as eight inches of snow Thursday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

With a snowstorm expected to hit the nation's capital Thursday, the House canceled scheduled sessions, giving lawmakers — many headed to Selma, Ala., for a Saturday event  to take part in the 50th anniversary of the town's historic civil rights marches — a chance to fly out ahead of the weather. The high in Washington hit 50 degrees Wednesday, but forecasters were calling for as many as eight inches of snow in the D.C. area over the next 24 hours, and federal workers and schools are expected to close as well.  

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., announced the cancellation in an email early Wednesday.  

Several Senate committees and one House panel, Natural Resources, are holding meetings on Thursday as scheduled. Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's weekly news conference was also still a go late Wednesday afternoon.  

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