House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) on Wednesday warned House members that they should be prepared to vote Friday on a bill to extend expiring Patriot Act surveillance authorities.
The House was not planning on any Friday votes as of late last week.
"It is likely that the House will be in session and voting past 3 p.m. tomorrow," Cantor said, referring to pending work on the National Defense Authorization Act. "Further, it is possible that the House could also be in session and voting on Friday."
Cantor said he would continue to update members on the status of the effort in the Senate, but in the meantime asked members to make "contingency travel plans" for Thursday and Friday.
"I thank members for their patience, and I no doubt share in their unspoken thoughts about the other body," he concluded, to laughter from some members.
The House was scheduled to leave Thursday to begin its Memorial Day recess. Several provisions in the Patriot Act expire Thursday at midnight.