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Conservatives including Sens. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioHillicon Valley: Supreme Court takes up Apple case | Senate votes to block ZTE deal | Officials testify on Clinton probe report | Russia's threat to undersea cables | Trump tells Pentagon to create 'space force' | FCC begins T-Mobile, Sprint deal review Feehery: Betting on Trump Senate votes to block Trump's ZTE deal MORE (R-Fla.), Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzMcCain calls on Trump to rescind family separation policy: It's 'an affront to the decency of the American people' Cruz announces bill to end separation of immigrant families The Hill's 12:30 Report — Sponsored by Delta Air Lines — Furor grows over child separation policy MORE (R-Texas) and Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeTrump plan to claw back billion in spending in peril Senate passes 6B defense bill This week: House GOP caught in immigration limbo MORE (R-Utah) are continuing to push their plan to defund ObamaCare by removing the funds from any spending bill to keep the government running. Leadership has rejected the plan and attempted to satisfy conservatives by promising a separate vote on defunding the law. 

But it fell so flat with conservatives that House GOP leaders had to pull the continuing resolution (a short-term spending bill to fund the government through Dec. 15) from floor consideration this week. It is proving challenging for GOP leaders to talk conservatives out of their plan, something even Sen. Tom CoburnThomas (Tom) Allen CoburnMr. President, let markets help save Medicare Pension insolvency crisis only grows as Congress sits on its hands Paul Ryan should realize that federal earmarks are the currency of cronyism MORE (R-Okla.) has said won't work. "We just have to walk them through and instead of overly rush, let's do it next week," House GOP Whip Kevin McCarthy (Calif.) said.

And Thursday, when House Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerZeal, this time from the center Juan Williams: The GOP's deal with the devil Hillicon Valley: Trump hits China with massive tech tariffs | Facebook meets with GOP leaders over bias allegations | Judge sends Manafort to jail ahead of trial | AT&T completes Time Warner purchase MORE (R-Ohio) was asked about how his conference would reach agreement on a bill to put on the floor and then send to the Senate in the next two weeks, BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerZeal, this time from the center Juan Williams: The GOP's deal with the devil Hillicon Valley: Trump hits China with massive tech tariffs | Facebook meets with GOP leaders over bias allegations | Judge sends Manafort to jail ahead of trial | AT&T completes Time Warner purchase MORE conceded there was no resolution yet on how to proceed. He was also reminded of the coming debt-ceiling debate that will immediately follow because an increase in the debt ceiling will be required by mid-October. "I'm well aware of the deadlines," he said.

Time is running so short that House Majority Leader Eric CantorEric Ivan CantorThe Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by CVS Health — Trump’s love-hate relationship with the Senate Race for Republican Speaker rare chance to unify party for election Scalise allies upset over Ryan blindside on McCarthy endorsement MORE (R-Va.) announced the upcoming congressional recess, a week before the fiscal deadline, is likely to be canceled. This is what passes for good news these days in Washington.

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