Cantor: House won’t adjourn until ‘fiscal cliff’ deal reached

December 5, 2012

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.). (AP)

Folks, it’s time to start adjusting your holiday schedules: The House of Representatives will not formally adjourn for the year “until a credible solution to the fiscal cliff has been found,” House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said Wednesday.

Cantor made the announcement during his weekly colloquy with House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) to discuss the forthcoming schedule and possible consideration of pending issues. The exchange occurred after the chamber’s final scheduled votes for this week.

The House was originally scheduled to adjourn and formally end the 112th Congress on Dec. 14. But Cantor’s announcement means House lawmakers likely will meet the following week and possibly right up to and beyond Christmas Day.

Put another way, Cantor’s announcement is the first signal that lawmakers, their staffs, families — and the reporters who cover them — may in fact find themselves stuck in Washington over Christmas — or least only able to enjoy a few days to celebrate the holiday.

Even though it will linger through December, the House is done voting for this week. Addressing concerns that the move might prolong fiscal negotiations, House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) made clear that “I’ll be here, I’ll be available at any moment to sit down with the president to get serious about solving this problem.”

During the weekly House Republican caucus meeting, members vowed to stay through the Christmas holidays and joked that they should set up a Secret Santa exchange and start decorating their offices.

“Some people were like, ‘Let’s book hotel rooms and bring our families out here because we’re not going to fold our tent and give in,’ ” said Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.).

Rosalind S. Helderman contributed to this report.

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Ed O’Keefe is a congressional reporter with The Washington Post and covered the 2008 and 2012 presidential and congressional elections.
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