The House could remain in session through the weekend pending the outcome of budget negotiations, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said Thursday.

The lower chamber was scheduled to recess for the weekend starting Friday, but Cantor said the House will remain open and could stay so through the weekend. 

"We will not leave town until we have fulfilled our obligation to cut spending, to begin getting our fiscal house in order," Cantor said on the House floor. "Members should keep their schedules for this weekend as flexible as possible."

Republican and Democratic leaders have worked around the clock to try to come to an agreement on a 2011 budget, but a deal has not been reached and the Friday deadline is nearing to avert a government shutdown. 

"Talks to resolve last year's budget mess are progressing, but there is no agreement yet. No agreement on the numbers and no agreement on the policy issues," House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Thursday. "I think we were closer to a number last night than we are this morning."

Cantor said that the House will convene at 10 a.m. and votes could occur any time after noon Friday.

"At this point, it is too early to tell whether the House will need to be in session this weekend," Cantor added. "In the case of lapse in appropriations, however, I fully expect the House to meet."