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House scheduled to convene on Sunday

Hoping to avoid "fiscal cliff" by passing amended U.S. Senate package

Thursday, December 27, 2012
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— The U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to convene on Sunday to potentially pass legislation that would avert the "fiscal cliff," according to U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson spokeswoman Stephanie Valle.

Valle said the U.S. Senate may act on legislation today that the House could pass on Sunday, when voting is scheduled to start around 6:30 p.m. It is possible, she said, that the Senate will pass an amended version of a package moved earlier in the year through the House. Gibson, R-Kinderhook, voted for parts of that package in the past and would likely accept a compromise bill that could emerge from the Senate.

The congressman's focus at this juncture is ensuring his constituents don't see a tax increase. Valle said he will support a short-term plan that avoids the cliff, but his hope is that a long-term bipartisan taxing and spending policy is adopted so the country can right its current path.

Even if a compromise passes the House on Sunday, Valle said it is possible some retroactive fixes could be passed after the New Year holiday.

Last week, House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, had scheduled action on a compromise, known as Plan B, to force the Senate to act. That plan, which was supported by Gibson, didn't end up receiving a vote because of internal pressures in the Republican conference.

If he had his druthers, Gibson would like to see the passage of the Cooper-LaTourette budget, which he voted for in the spring. He describes this budget as pro-growth, with sustainable spending levels and an appropriate tax policy

 
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