WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Congress and spending legislation (all times local):
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.