Obama, leaders to meet at White House Friday

President Obama will meet with Congressional leaders Friday afternoon at the White House just days before the so-called fiscal cliff deadline, when taxes are slated to increase.

Obama will host Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidGOP embraces big stimulus after years of decrying it Five Latinas who could be Biden's running mate Winners and losers from Super Tuesday MORE (D-Nev.), Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellPelosi eyes end of April to bring a fourth coronavirus relief bill to the floor Progressive group knocks McConnell for talking judicial picks during coronavirus Overnight Health Care: CDC recommends face coverings in public | Resistance to social distancing sparks new worries | Controversy over change of national stockpile definition | McConnell signals fourth coronavirus bill MORE (R-Ky.), House Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerMeadows joins White House in crisis mode Meadows set to resign from Congress as he moves to White House The Pelosi administration MORE (R-Ohio) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), according to a White House official.

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The meeting will be Obama's first meeting with the Congressional leaders since leaving Hawaii, where he spent the Christmas holiday with his family. The meeting will be part of a last ditch effort to prevent taxes from rising and spending from getting cut in 2013.

The sitdown at the White House also comes as GOP leaders announced on Thursday that the House will come back into session on Sunday, just hours before the deadline.

A spokesman for BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerMeadows joins White House in crisis mode Meadows set to resign from Congress as he moves to White House The Pelosi administration MORE said the House Speaker will "continue to stress that the House has already passed legislation to avert the fiscal cliff and now the Senate must act."

A spokesman for McConnell said the senator is "eager to hear from the President."

On the Senate floor Thursday, McConnell said, "Hopefully there is still time for an agreement of some kind that saves the taxpayers from a wholly preventable economic crisis.”

Obama last week said he would reach for a smaller deal that would extend tax rates on annual incomes below $250,000 while allowing rates above that threshold to rise. Obama also said he would seek an extension of unemployment benefits, but would put off broader entitlement reforms until next year, as well as a hike to the debt ceiling.

It is unclear, however, whether Republicans would move legislation that only extends rates on annual incomes below $250,000.

Updated at 8 p.m.