NBC’s Michael O’Brien: “House Speaker John Boehner expressed support for a short-term measure to avoid a government shutdown one day after GOP leaders canceled a vote on a major spending bill due to internal Republican discord. The top House Republican said passage of a stopgap measure -- known as a ‘continuing resolution,’ or CR -- could avoid a shutdown at the end of the government's fiscal year, which concludes at the end of September.”
Boehner: "I believe a continuing resolution for some short period of time would probably be in the nation's interest...But having said that, the idea of operating for an entire year under a CR is not a good way to do business."
"Hours before leaving on summer recess, Congress on Thursday hit a seemingly intractable impasse on government spending, increasing the prospects of a government shutdown in the fall and adding new urgency to fiscal negotiations between the White House and a bloc of Senate Republicans," the New York Times writes. "The group of eight lawmakers headed to the White House to find a way forward after Senate Republicans filibustered a housing and transportation spending measure, saying it violated a spending deal struck two years ago. The blockade of the Senate bill came after House Republican leaders on Wednesday gave up on a more austere version of the bill when moderate Republicans balked and said the cuts in the House measure were too deep."
House to vote for 40th time on Obamacare… Just before Congress takes off for five weeks, House Republicans have one more order or business – voting against Obamacare… for the 40th time. The vote is expected to take place sometime midday around 11:00 am ET, per NBC’s Frank Thorp. HR 2009, with 138 Republican co-sponsors, is called the “Keep the IRS Off Your Health Care Act.” It “would prohibit the Internal Revenue Service from implementing or enforcing any provisions of Obamacare.”
Politico: “Lawmakers and staff can breathe easy — their health care tab is not going to soar next year.
The Office of Personnel Management, under heavy pressure from Capitol Hill, will issue a ruling that says the government can continue to make a contribution to the health care premiums of members of Congress and their aides, according to several Hill sources. A White House official confirmed the deal and said the proposed regulations will be issued next week.”
Reuters: “Republican U.S. Senator John McCain accidentally walked in on President Barack Obama this week when he was addressing a Democrats-only meeting of senators. ‘Come on in, John,’ Obama shouted. A red-faced McCain turned around and headed out to chuckles and then applause from the Democrats. ‘My mistake,’ McCain said. To the far-right in the Republican Party, there is no mistake about it. In a party that generally brooks no compromise with Obama, McCain is the compromiser-in-chief. He's negotiating with the White House. And he's in-their-face about it, having recently described as ‘wacko birds’ two of the right's most uncompromising heroes, Senators Ted Cruz and Rand Paul.
Charles Krauthammer argues against Republicans threatening a government shutdown. He said on FOX: “It's all about tactics. It's not about what you think about Obamacare. The tactics that these brave people are telling us we have to do is to jump off a cliff so we can show our manhood. There is -- unless you believe that you are ready to shut down the government. Unless you are ready to deliver on the threat, you don't go near there. And we know that every time Republicans in opposition have threatened to shut down the government, they've had to blink because it turned against them. If I thought it would work, I would support it. There is not one chance in a hundred that the threat of shutting down the government is going to succeed.”
He expounded on the topic in a column entitled: “GOP shouldn't plan its own suicide.”