KAILUA, Hawaii (AP) -- President Barack Obama is likely to cut short his traditional Christmas holiday in Hawaii to return to Washington as lawmakers consider how to prevent the economy from going over the so-called fiscal cliff.
White House officials say Obama could fly back to the nation's capital as early as Wednesday, just five days after arriving in Hawaii. Congress is expected to return on Thursday.
Automatic budget cuts and tax increases are set to begin in January. So far, the president and congressional Republicans have been unable to reach agreement on any alternatives.
Obama and his family are spending the Christmas holiday at a rented home near Honolulu. On Christmas Day, the president and first lady Michelle Obama visited a nearby Marine Corps base to thank the Marines for their service.