(CNN) - Before cutting his holiday vacation short, President Barack Obama phoned the top four leaders in the U.S. Congress - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Senate Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Speaker John Boehner and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. Obama's communications director Dan Pfeiffer announced the call on Twitter:
President Obama spoke to all four Congressional leaders yesterday before departing for Washington, DC—
Dan Pfeiffer (@pfeiffer44) December 27, 2012
A senior House GOP leadership aide said on his call with Obama, Boehner told the president that the Senate must act to avoid the year-end fiscal cliff. That echoes what Boehner has told the president in previous communications, including during their phone call Friday. Boehner also reaffirmed his view that the House has already acted to avert the entire fiscal cliff, according to the aide.
Obama left Hawaii Wednesday evening and is expected back in Washington Thursday mid-day.
CNN's Deirdre Walsh contributed to this report.