WASHINGTON – Manoeuvred into a political corner, House Republicans sorted glumly through unsavoury fiscal cliff choices in a New Year’s Day struggle that wore into the night, casting doubt on emergency legislation to prevent widespread tax increases and painful across-the-board spending cuts.

“I do not support the bill. We are looking, though, for the best path forward,” said House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., reflecting a widespread view among Republicans that the legislation should be changed to add billions in spending cuts.