House to stay in session pending debt limit deal

July 8, 2011 - 11:00 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republican leaders say they are cancelling a mid-July week off as the deadline approaches for the White House and Congress to reach an agreement on extending the debt limit.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor put lawmakers on notice that the House will be in session from Tuesday, July 19 through Friday, July 22. That week was to have been a "constituent week" where lawmakers would have returned to their districts.

The Virginia Republican said that during the week the House will consider a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.

The Senate also canceled a scheduled week off last week as lawmakers demanded that they stay in session to debate deficit reduction and efforts to extend the debt ceiling by the Aug. 2 deadline set by the Treasury Department.