No House votes tonight

Awaiting action by the Senate, the leaders of the House of Representatives have announced they will stage no votes this evening, ensuring the nation will go over the fiscal cliff for at least a day.

"We don't have anything to vote on before midnight," tweeted Brendan Buck, a spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). "The House will take action after the Senate passes something."

Doug Heye, a spokesman for House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), chimed in: "It is impossible for the House to schedule a vote on a deal that does not exist."

The announcement from the GOP-controlled House came after President Obama urged lawmakers to “stop taxes going up for middle-class families, starting tomorrow,” and he called on them to remain focused on the needs of the American people rather than politics.

Rosalind Helderman is a political enterprise and investigations reporter for the Washington Post.

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