The House will be back in session Sunday evening as the "fiscal cliff" looms, threatening across-the-board tax increases and spending cuts with the new year.
Officials said the Republican leadership informed the GOP rank and file of the plan to meet during a conference call Thursday.
It is unclear what legislation the House might consider Sunday, since Speaker John Boehner is publicly insisting that the Senate must make the next move to avert the cliff.
With the Senate in session, Democrats in both chambers of Congress have been harshly critical of the House's absence.
The "fiscal cliff" deadline is four days away.
The officials who disclosed plans for the Sunday session did so on condition of anonymity, saying no public announcement had yet been made.
The negotiations are important to the healthcare industry because a solution would likely require addressing a looming 26.5% cut to Medicare physician pay and might include new cuts to federal health programs.
A last-gasp effort Thursday to avoid automatic tax increases and spending cuts got off on the same convulsive, partisan tone that marked congressional attempts to resolve the impasse before lawmakers left Washington to go home for Christmas.
With a Dec. 31 deadline for an agreement to avert the so-called "fiscal cliff" rapidly approaching, leaders in each party demanded the other side take the initiative. The new flare-up happened despite a round of calls that President Barack Obama made to congressional leaders by phone Wednesday night from Hawaii before he boarded Air Force One to head home from vacation.
CNN reported that Obama will send Congress a proposal for a scaled-back agreement to avoid some of the fiscal cliff, according to Republican and Democratic sources.
Obama's plane landed in late morning at a suburban Maryland Air Force base, not long after Majority Leader Harry Reid took to the Senate floor to chastise House Republicans who last week opposed Boehner's efforts to pass a narrowly crafted bill. Boehner's "Plan B" would have raised tax rates only on the very wealthiest Americans. But the opposition within his own party caucus forced the Ohio Republican to cancel a vote on the bill.