“The Senate canceled its planned July Fourth recess on Thursday, but partisan divisions remained razor sharp as the clock ticked on efforts to strike a deal to avoid a government default and trim huge federal deficits,” AP writes, adding, “Despite the Senate's schedule change, there was no indication the two sides had progressed in resolving their chief disagreement.”
Real mature… “Politics in the Senate took a turn for the absurd Thursday, as the GOP boycotted the Senate Finance Committee’s ‘mock markup’ of trade legislation because they said it would make it difficult for them to start their July Fourth recess — which itself had been curtailed earlier in the day,” Roll Call writes.
I want my way… “Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), fresh off an attention-grabbing mini-filibuster earlier this week, objected Thursday to Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) attempt to bring a resolutions on Libya to the floor,” Roll Call reports. “Johnson and a group of other Republicans took to the floor to protest considering any bill other than legislation addressing the deficit.”