House to return to session Sunday evening

House to return to session Sunday evening

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WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 21: Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) speaks during a press conference at the U.S. Capitol December 21, 2012 in Washington, DC. House Republicans could not agree to support Boehner�s proposed ''Plan B'' initiative yesterday and now must find a new way reach agreement with U.S. President Barack Obama on a deficit reduction deal. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

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Associated Press

Posted on December 27, 2012 at 2:00 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 27 at 7:01 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House will be back in session Sunday evening as the "fiscal cliff" looms, threatening across-the-board tax increases and spending cuts with the new year.

Officials said the Republican leadership informed the GOP rank and file of the plan to meet during a conference call Thursday.

It is unclear what legislation the House might consider Sunday, since Speaker John Boehner is publicly insisting that the Senate must make the next move to avert the cliff.

With the Senate in session, Democrats in both chambers of Congress have been harshly critical of the House's absence.

The "fiscal cliff" deadline is four days away.

The officials who disclosed plans for the Sunday session did so on condition of anonymity, saying no public announcement had yet been made.

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