WASHINGTON – Federal offices will close Wednesday and mail will not be delivered in commemoration of a National Day of Mourning for 41st President George H.W. Bush.
President Donald Trump declared the day of mourning in concurrence with the memorial service at the National Cathedral for former President Bush, who died late Friday night, Nov. 30. He was 94.
All postal locations will be closed, but limited package delivery will continue to avoid setbacks during the Christmas season. Federal employees will be excused from work, except for those involved in national security.
Some banks and courts may also close, but the Federal Reserve Bank payment systems will proceed as scheduled.
The Supreme Court will postpone arguments for day, while the House will delay all votes until Monday. Senate votes will resume after the Wednesday funeral.
Trading will also halt on the U.S. markets, including the New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq. As a result, the Dow Jones Industrial Average, the S&P 500 index and the Nasdaq Composite index will not be available Wednesday.
The closures will likely prompt Congressional approval of a two-week emergency budget. The federal government faces a Dec. 7 shutdown on essential services if it does not hammer out a spending plan.
Flags will fly half-staff for a 30-day period as part of President Trump’s proclamation.
The death of 38th President Gerald R. Ford in 2007 marked the last time a national day of mourning honored a former commander-in-chief.