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Conservatives including Sens. Marco RubioMarco RubioWhat Trump's Cabinet picks reveal House passes water bill with Flint aid, drought relief What the 2016 election can tell us about 2018 midterms MORE (R-Fla.), Ted CruzTed CruzThe Hill's 12:30 Report Cruz defends Trump's Taiwan call Ark., Texas senators put cheese dip vs. queso to the test MORE (R-Texas) and Mike LeeMike LeeSenate sends annual defense bill to Obama's desk Overnight Healthcare: Medical cures bill finally heads to White House Overnight Energy: Trump taps EPA foe to head agency | Energy reform bill officially dead 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 CoburnTom CoburnWill Trump back women’s museum? Don't roll back ban on earmarks Ryan calls out GOP in anti-poverty fight 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 BoehnerBoehner compares Trump to Teddy Roosevelt Boehner: 'Thank God' I wasn't in the middle of election Ryan delays committee assignments until 2017 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 BoehnerBoehner compares Trump to Teddy Roosevelt Boehner: 'Thank God' I wasn't in the middle of election Ryan delays committee assignments until 2017 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 CantorTrump allies warn: No compromise on immigration Chamber of Commerce overhauls lobbying operation Laura Ingraham under consideration for White House press secretary 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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