By Erik Wasson
House Republican leaders announced Wednesday that they have canceled a recess scheduled for next week in order to deal with a government spending bill needed to avoid an Oct. 1 shutdown of the government.
Leaders announced a plan Wednesday to use a short-term continuing resolution (CR) to try to force President Obama and Senate Democrats to permanently defund ObamaCare. That CR is slated for a vote as early as Thursday and is likely to be rejected by the Senate, setting up further votes next week.
Cantor also outlined a plan to tie an increase in the debt ceiling to a package of legislation that delays ObamaCare, approves the Keystone XL pipeline and advances an overhaul of the nation's tax code. Members expect a debt-ceiling vote as early as next week, although the Treasury Department said that mid-October is the deadline to avoid a default.
The White House said Wednesday that the GOP was engaged in "essentially an all-out civil war" and accused Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerEXCLUSIVE: Pro-Hillary group takes 0K in banned donations Ryan: Benghazi report shows administration's failures Clinton can't escape Benghazi responsibility MORE (R-Ohio) of bending to "the will" of a small group of House conservatives after deciding to press forward with a government funding bill that would strip funds for ObamaCare.
"What has become more and more apparent is the leaders of the Republican Party in Congress may want to avoid a shutdown ... but there are members of that party, especially in the House, who seem to embrace the prospect," press secretary Jay Carney said.
BoehnerJohn BoehnerEXCLUSIVE: Pro-Hillary group takes 0K in banned donations Ryan: Benghazi report shows administration's failures Clinton can't escape Benghazi responsibility MORE later used some salty language to brush off criticisms he's faced over his leadership skills.
“People say a lot of things about me,” Boehner told GOP lawmakers in a closed-door meeting, according to two people who attended. “People outside this room. People inside this room. I just let that s--t roll off my back.”