WASHINGTON — The Arkansas delegation will spend the weekend on Capitol Hill as Congress remains in session unable to reach a deal that would end a government shutdown now four days old on Friday.

WASHINGTON — The Arkansas delegation will spend the weekend on Capitol Hill as Congress remains in session unable to reach a deal that would end a government shutdown now four days old on Friday.

With little progress made in ending the shutdown, lawmakers have scrambled to rearrange their schedules — cancelling events back home and making new ones here.

Most of the delegation members plan to be at the World War II Memorial Saturday afternoon to greet 78 Arkansas veterans participating in an Honor Flight that lands in D.C. that morning.

Although the National Park Service has closed the monuments to the public during the shutdown, Honor Flight veterans are now being allowed at the World War II Memorial and Korean War Memorial under their constitutional right of free assembly.

The National Park Service had initially blocked entry to the World War II Memorial for the Honor Flights but did not stop Mississippi veterans from entering after a group of lawmakers moved a barrier on Tuesday.

Sens. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., and John Boozman, R-Ark., said they plan to be at the memorial on Saturday. Reps. Steve Womack, R-Rogers, Tom Cotton, R-Dardanelle, and Tim Griffin, R-Little Rock, also plan to be there.

Most of the World War II veterans on the flight are from the Little Rock area but some are also coming from northwest Arkansas, according to organizer Bill McKenzie.

Aside from that event, Arkansas lawmakers are keeping their schedules open for possible roll call votes or other legislative business.

"Senator Pryor is at the office on standby, ready to vote when and if that comes," said spokesman Michael Teague.

Pryor had planned to be at the 60th anniversary celebration of the Arkansas Air National Guard’s 188th Fighter Wing on Saturday, but the event has been delayed until Nov. 2 because of the government shutdown.

Boozman cancelled a weekend trout fishing fundraiser for his political action committee. The three-day event at Gaston’s White River Resort in Lakeview was supposed to begin Friday, with participants contributing $2,500 each.

Womack had planned to speak Friday at a conference on river restoration being held at Crystal Bridges.

Cotton hoped to attend the Pottsville-Dardanelle football game Friday evening with his parents. He also had planned to go to the Saline County Gun Show, but will remain in D.C., according to spokeswoman Caroline Rabbitt.

Rep. Rick Crawford, R-Jonesboro, cancelled a tour of Mid-South Health Systems on Friday, will miss his son’s football game Saturday morning in Jonesboro, and won’t make the Rice N Wings Greenwing Day in Clover Bend on Sunday, according to chief of staff Jonah Shumate.

Griffin is still hoping to return to Little Rock — at least briefly — to attend a charity hoedown for Hearts & Hooves in Sherwood.

"I’m looking for every way possible to get there to support the charity that pairs wounded veterans with horses," Griffin said.

The scheduling, he said, depends on when any votes are scheduled for the House.

The House and Senate appeared to have made little progress this week in ending a partisan standoff that has left tens of thousands of federal employees out of work.

House Republicans proposed and approved a slew of targeted spending measures that Senate Democrats slapped aside as inadequate. Instead, they urged passage of a resolution to simply fund the government for the next six weeks at current budget levels.

The so-called "clean" continuing resolution, which cleared the Senate last week, would likely pass the House with bipartisan support. About 20 Republicans have signaled a willingness to join Democrats in supporting such a measure, including Griffin.

"If it came to the floor I would support it," Griffin said Friday. "I’m pushing for basically any option that gets us where we need to go."

Griffin, however, sees other ways to break the impasse — starting with President Barack Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, sitting down with Republicans to begin a conversation and negotiate a resolution to the shutdown.

"That is critical," he said.

Crawford has also suggested that he would support a clean continuing resolution but would first insist on a series of up-or-down votes designed to make it clear that Democrats who support the Affordable Care Act understand it creates $1.3 trillion in new entitlement spending.