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Thursday, Dec 27 2012 01:29 PM

Reports: House will convene Sunday to deal with "cliff"

By CALIFORNIAN STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS

The House of Representatives will return Sunday to deal with "fiscal cliff" developments, news organizations reported this afternoon.

CNN, Politico and The Wall Street Journal broke the news. The Journal said House Republican leaders outlined the schedule in a conference call with rank-and-file lawmakers.

The first House vote is set for 3:30 p.m. PST Sunday, according to a GOP leadership aide. The subject of the vote was not detailed, The Journal said.

The development was characterized as a move toward frenzied final negotiations to avoid the tax increases and spending cuts set to take hold next week.

The web site Politico reported that House Speaker John Boehner told House Republicans that he's "not interested" in passing a "fiscal cliff" deal with "mostly Democrat votes," his most direct comments about how he'll manage the remaining negotiations over tax increases and spending cuts.

Boehner's comment is significant, Politico said, because it means he is going to push for an agreement that most of the 241 House Republican could support.

Just a week ago, rank-and-file Republicans rejected a Boehner-authored proposal that would have extended tax breaks on income of less than $1 million -- a number far higher than what they would get under plans offered by President Barack Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.).

On Thursday's conference call, which almost all House Republicans dialed in to, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) told lawmakers to "plan on being in town through the following week to conduct the business at hand," a source told Politico, Sunday is Dec. 30, one day before the nation reaches the "cliff."

House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) wished lawmakers "'Merry Christmas,' and we'll look forward to spending New Year's [Day] together," Politico reported.

More from Politico at http://www.politico.com/story/2012/12/house-will-come-back-on-sunday-85537.html#ixzz2GI5MIMmZ

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