12/27/2012 04:26 pm ET Updated Feb 26, 2013

U.S. Fiscal Cliff: House To Return To Session Sunday Evening, May Extend Session Through Jan. 2

The House will be back in session Sunday evening as the "fiscal cliff" looms, threatening across-the-board tax increases and spending cuts with the new year.

Officials said the Republican leadership informed the GOP rank and file of the plan to meet during a conference call Thursday.

It is unclear what legislation the House might consider Sunday, since Speaker John Boehner is publicly insisting that the Senate must make the next move to avert the cliff.

With the Senate in session, Democrats in both chambers of Congress have been harshly critical of the House's absence.

With the "fiscal cliff" deadline four days away, Reuters reports that GOP leaders in the House may extend the session for an extra day.

Republican leaders in the House of Representatives may keep the House in session from Sunday evening through January 2, the final day of the current Congress, a senior House Republican aide said on Thursday.

The next Congress, elected in November with a slightly diminished Republican majority, will be convened for the first time on January 3.

The officials who disclosed plans for the Sunday session did so on condition of anonymity, saying no public announcement had yet been made.



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