House will remain in session this weekend

The House will remain in session through the weekend as Congress scrambles to secure a debt-limit deal in the face of a looming default deadline.

House lawmakers will continue consideration of a 2012 funding bill for the Interior Department while they wait for the Senate to act on a debt-limit bill, the office of Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) announced Thursday.

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Cantor's office suggests the Senate will pass either the Republicans' "cut, cap and balance" bill or the GOP's deficit-reduction package scheduled for a House vote Thursday evening — but both of those bills are nonstarters with Senate Democrats.

"No other legislative action on the debt limit — other than a balanced-budget amendment to the Constitution — is expected in the House," Cantor's office said.

Votes are not expected before 1 p.m. on either Saturday or Sunday.