Cantor: House may cancel September recess

September 12, 2013
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.). AP
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.). AP

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said Thursday that Congress may cancel its upcoming recess as it tackles a number of issues, including the budget and Syria.

Cantor said a final decision will be made next week.

"Members are advised that pending ongoing discussions on the continuing resolution, the House may need to be in session during the week of Sept. 23, and possibly into the weekend," Cantor said on the House floor, according to his office.

Separately, the White House announced Thursday that Vice President Biden's planned trip to Panama next week will be canceled. He will still travel to South Carolina and Georgia to talk about infrastructure, and to Mexico to meet with President Peña Nieto about economic issues.

Congress recently returned from its August recess, but House leaders have delayed a vote on a continuing resolution that would fund the government.

The Post's Paul Kane reported Wednesday:

Rank-and-file Republicans had not fully endorsed their leadership’s complicated plan to keep federal agencies operating at current austerity levels while forcing a Senate vote on whether to defund President Obama’s health-care initiative. Under that plan, the Democratic-led Senate would likely dismiss the Obamacare rider and keep the government running, a scenario that outside conservative groups have lambasted in the last 24 hours.

But House conservatives said Wednesday that they might be willing to go along with the proposal if GOP leaders can craft a longer-term plan to fight next month’s showdown on raising the federal debt ceiling.

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix, the Post’s top political blog.
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