The delay could all but insure that lawmakers are at work even closer to Christmas than first envisioned by GOP leaders in the House and Senate, as the clock ticks on efforts to address a series of legislative matters:
+ Seven unfinished spending measures for 2019.
+ Funding for the President's border wall.
+ A vote on a final farm policy bill.
+ Flood insurance reforms
+ A special package of tax breaks, knows as 'tax extenders.'
+ Criminal justice reform legislation backed by the President.
+ A move to stop U.S. military aid to Saudi Arabia for the war in Yemen.
The honors for the late President Bush were also impacting holiday plans at the Capitol, as the lighting of the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree was being moved to Thursday evening, instead of Wednesday, which will be a day of national mourning.