Barack Obama cut his Hawaiian Christmas vacation short to fly back to Washington, D.C. to supposedly work out a fiscal cliff deal with Congress. The only problem is that most of Congress is “home for the holidays” and not in D.C.
The House of Representatives adjourned on Thursday afternoon, just a few hours after Obama landed in D.C.
They were not scheduled to be back in session until Monday, December 31, which is the day that the country drives off the fiscal cliff.
However, Politico reports,
On Thursday’s conference call, which almost all House Republicans dialed in to, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) told lawmakers to “plan on being in town through the following week to conduct the business at hand,” according to a source. Sunday is Dec. 30, one day before the nation reaches the fiscal cliff.
Boehner’s message to House Republicans was the same as what he’s saying privately to other party leaders. Boehner said the nation is “on the edge of the fiscal cliff” and added that the Senate hasn’t given the House a reason to return.
“We are waiting on the Senate,” the Ohio Republican told lawmakers.
According to Rep. Tim Griffin (R-AR) who asked about the debt limit and what leverage it would give Republicans, Boehner thinks the debt limit deadline is in February or March.
Reuters indicates that the House will be cutting it close, as they will meet around 6:30 p.m. EST on Sunday evening.
Eric Cantor tweeted:
The House may be in session through Wednesday, January 2. As a reminder, the 113th Congress will convene at noon on Thursday, January 3.
— Eric Cantor (@GOPLeader) December 27, 2012
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