Boehner to roll the dice on government shutdown next month

The position in the GOP House on how to handle the continuing resolution to fund the government next month is still evolving, but it looks like Speaker Boehner is ready to accede to many of the demands of his caucus and risk a shutdown of government. Boehner has been making noises in recent weeks that no shutdown would occur. In a conference call yesterday with the rank and file, he seemed to edge away from that position. The Hill: Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) told House Republicans on Thursday that he wants to push through a temporary spending measure that incorporates automatic cuts, upping the ante for a September budget showdown. Boehner's comments, delivered in a conference call with the rank and file, show that Republicans aren't backing down from a face-off that could potentially lead to a government shutdown, even after GOP divisions over spending flared up shortly before the August recess. But the call also underscored that the Republican conference has yet to make...(Read Full Post)