Via TPM: Congress has five working days left to avert a shutdown of the federal government unless it cancels the scheduled recess next week.
The White House has no intention of caving, for several reasons: there’s no election looming; the falling deficit reduces the impetus for spending cuts; and Republicans will take the blame for a shutdown. Republicans don’t want to cave because they’re anxious to undermine Obamacare before its implementation accelerates on Oct. 1 and extract spending concessions after getting none in the fiscal cliff deal early this year.
UPDATE: BI’s Josh Barro:
Is John Boehner committing to a government shutdown now? If he caves and cuts a deal with Nancy Pelosi before Sept. 30 to keep the government open without defunding Obamacare, won’t conservatives insist that he didn’t try hard enough to force Democrats’ hand? (Spoiler alert: They will.)
How can Boehner convince conservatives that he really, really tried to defund Obamacare if he doesn’t let the government get shut down, at least for a few days?