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Conservatives including Sens. Marco RubioMarco RubioMcCain ‘very concerned’ about Tillerson Top Dem: Don’t bring Tillerson floor vote if he doesn’t pass committee Booker to vote against Tillerson MORE (R-Fla.), Ted CruzTed CruzCaitlyn Jenner to attend Trump inauguration: report Trump’s UN pick threads needle on Russia, NATO Haley slams United Nations, echoing Trump MORE (R-Texas) and Mike LeeMike LeePaul, Lee call on Trump to work with Congress on foreign policy Right renews push for term limits as Trump takes power Conservatives press Trump on Supreme Court pick 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 CoburnCoburn: Trump's tweets aren't presidential The road ahead for America’s highways Rethinking taxation 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 BoehnerLast Congress far from ‘do-nothing’ Top aide: Obama worried about impeachment for Syria actions An anti-government ideologue like Mulvaney shouldn't run OMB 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 BoehnerLast Congress far from ‘do-nothing’ Top aide: Obama worried about impeachment for Syria actions An anti-government ideologue like Mulvaney shouldn't run OMB 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 CantorRyan reelected Speaker in near-unanimous GOP vote Financial technology rules are set to change in the Trump era Trump allies warn: No compromise on immigration 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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