GOP extends House schedule by a week

House Republicans announced Wednesday that the chamber will be in session the week of Dec. 17, time that might be used to pass legislation related to the "fiscal cliff."

"Though the House's target adjournment set in October of last year was Dec. 14, that is no longer the case," Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said on the House floor.

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"Instead, members are advised that the House will now be in session the week of Dec. 17. Exact days will be announced next week."


Cantor did not say specifically that he expects a fiscal-cliff bill to be taken up that week, although the extension of the schedule seems to indicate more time is needed to negotiate a deal. Cantor also reminded members that the House will stay in session until the issue is resolved.

"Members are further reminded that the House will not adjourn the 112th Congress until a credible solution to the fiscal cliff has been found," he said.

The House will adjourn Wednesday for the week and return Tuesday. But Cantor also said that while the House originally planned to be in session Friday of next week, the House will now adjourn on Thursday.