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Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 07/08/2011

House cancels July recess, moves up balanced budget vote


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With the White House-set deadline for resolving the country’s debt-limit impasse two weeks away, House Republican leaders on Friday announced that they are canceling the chamber’s planned week-long recess later this month.

“Members are advised that the House will now be in session during the week of July 18,” House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s (R-Va.) office said in a memo Friday morning. “This is a change from the original House calendar distributed in December of last year. Legislative business for the week of July 18 will begin on Tuesday, July 19, at 2:00 p.m., with first votes postponed until 6:30 p.m. Last votes for the week are expected to conclude no later than 3:00 p.m. on Friday, July 22.”

The announcement comes one week after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) called off the Senate’s week-long July 4 recess so that members could remain in Washington to work on the debt-limit negotiations. While President Obama met with congressional leaders on the debt on Thursday, there was little action on the Senate floor itself.

Cantor’s office also announced that a planned vote on a balanced-budget amendment would be bumped up to the week of July 18, one week earlier than scheduled.

“All Members are encouraged to support this important legislation to ensure that we begin to get our fiscal house in order,” the memo reads.

By  |  11:45 AM ET, 07/08/2011

 
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