No Christmas for Congress without a fiscal cliff deal

December 5, 2012
Santa will have to leave gifts for lawmakers under this tree if no deal is reached by Christmas on the fiscal cliff. (REUTERS/Jason Reed)

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.

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.

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Ed O’Keefe is covering the 2016 presidential campaign, with a focus on Jeb Bush and other Republican candidates. He's covered presidential and congressional politics since 2008. Off the trail, he's covered Capitol Hill, federal agencies and the federal workforce, and spent a brief time covering the war in Iraq.
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