House Dems Cancel Maryland Retreat As Lawmakers Struggle To Avoid Shutdown

on January 31, 2018 in Washington, DC.
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Congress and spending legislation (all times local):

8:30 p.m.

House Democrats have canceled their annual retreat as lawmakers struggle to approve a short-term spending bill to avoid another government shutdown.

Democrats were set to gather on Maryland’s Eastern Shore from Wednesday through Friday to develop and promote a strategy for the midterm elections.

A spokeswoman said Tuesday night that, “given the pressing issues Congress will likely vote on over the next three days,” the Democrats will hold their “United for A Better Tomorrow” conference at the Capitol.

The House approved a short-term spending bill Tuesday but changes were expected in the Senate. Congress faces a midnight Thursday deadline to avoid a second partial government shutdown after a three-day shutdown last month.

Former Vice President Joe Biden was scheduled to give the keynote speech Wednesday.