U.S. senators delay spending package votes over Hurricane Irma

House lawmakers are pending completion of work on spending package bills to fund government in 2018 to allow early adjournment for the week on Friday afternoon amid eagerness by some lawmakers to return to their constituencies and perform their constitutional duties towards the imminent Hurricane Irma, according to The Hill.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, who raised the motion after announcing on the floor Thursday night that lawmakers will clear the Senate-passed fiscal deal, said, “As we continue to track Hurricane Irma, I know many of our members in the southeastern United States are anxious to get home to their families and constituents”.

The House will also work on a three-month stopgap government spending bill, debt limit hike and Hurricane Harvey relief aid to the Oval Office on Friday, as agreed in a meeting between President Trump and Senate and house leaders on Wednesday.

Though, the Senate is not taken it up anytime soon, House GOP leaders desire that the chamber finishes its work on the 2018 annual appropriations bills before the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30, having about 200 amendments to the 2018 spending package left to consider before final passage.

After sending the short-term debt limit increase bill to the desk of the President, lawmakers will have the opportunity to debate some of the remaining amendments to the 2018 spending package, though, votes on the amendments themselves will be delayed till the coming week.

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