Connecticut’s lawmakers won’t be spending New Year’s at home. House GOP leaders ordered all House members return to Washington Sunday night and warned them they might work through Jan. 2, the last day of this Congress.

The Senate came back to work on Thursday.  But even if both houses of Congress are in session on New Year’s Eve, the nation could still plunge over the fiscal cliff. There doesn’t seem to be a deal yet that would prevent a series of tax cuts from expiring  and block a number of automatic spending cuts resulting in sudden austerity that could send the nation into recession.

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