Obama to Host Meeting as Cliff Looms
House is set to reconvene on Sunday night, ahead of cliff deadline
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 27, 2012 2:53 PM CST
Updated Dec 28, 2012 7:41 AM CST
Speaker of the House John Boehner and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor speak to reporters on Friday.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – Let the last-minute drama begin: President Obama will meet with the top congressional leaders from both parties at the White House today, reports the AP. Obama intends to outline elements that he thinks should be in any deal and could garner majority support in both chambers of Congress, but he won't put forward a specific bill, a source tells the Wall Street Journal. It adds that, notably, the White House is directly involving Mitch McConnell in the talks for the first time.

News of the meeting came hours after Eric Cantor said the House of Representatives would reconvene Sunday night, a mere two days before the fiscal cliff deadline, reports the Hill. The Senate is already back in session, but most senators aren't happy about it, according to the New York Times, given that there isn't actually anything for them to do. "This is no way to run things," groused Rand Paul. But some evinced hope. On the Today Show, Chuck Schumer said the "odds are better than people think" that a deal will be reached, now that McConnell is "actively engaged," the AP reports. McConnell himself echoed the sentiment. "Here we are, five days from the New Year, and we might finally start talking," he told the Times.

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Dec 28, 2012 3:12 PM CST
did NDT's head explode after Obama won re-election?
Dec 28, 2012 10:09 AM CST
(R) 2014 & 2016 Gov. RICK PERRY Report: American people lean on the Obama's non-sense too much, those who re-elected him should put this lame-duck and his Obama's veto threat aside, and put this nation in array again to avoid the Fiscal Cliff happened. If House Speaker JOHN BOEHNER's "Plan B" can avoid so many US$250,000 clinics jobs lost and/or will get lost, that will save so many middle-size business and small-town industries nationwide.
Dec 28, 2012 9:43 AM CST
THE TRUTH --- Congress agreed to and Obama signed the "Simpson-Bowles, Spending Reduction Act" S1936, and the Act was created to reduce the reckless spending of the US Government. --- The "Simpson-Bowles Act" would only go into effect, if the President and Congress couldn't come up with a responsible budget bill by Jan. 1, 2013. --- Obama and Democrats want to fore-go some portions of "Simpson-Bowles" and promise to try to fix the rest of the budget "next" year. --- Since 2009, Obama and the Democrats have said they would fix the budget "next" year. --- IF the Republicans cave into the Democrats demands, in 2014 the Democrats will still be saying we'll fix it "next" year. --- LET the "Simpson-Bowles Act" go into effect, and then see how fast the Democrats try to fix the budget (in 2013), "next" year. --- Obama and Democrats will never fix the budget, until they're forced to do it. -------- REALLY