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John Boehner at the AT&T National golf tournament, July 2009.
Yup, we're done here.
Even for the Republican House, this is one heck of a nothingburger:
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has told his members to expect votes on bills to highlight Senate gridlock when they return from the August recess. [...]

McCarthy said the House plans to repackage many of the so-called "jobs bills" it has already passed in this session of Congress and consolidate them into a larger package. Those measures include limiting various regulations and renewing expired tax breaks on a permanent basis, such as the research and development tax credit. [...]

McCarthy said the House will also vote on a consolidated package of bills it has already passed to boost domestic energy. Those measures include expediting approval of the Keystone XL pipeline and opening federal lands for energy production. [...]

Lastly, McCarthy encouraged Republicans to talk to their constituents about the effects of the healthcare law while in their districts.

So they're going to re-vote on a bunch of stuff they already voted on but which won't go anywhere this time either, and they're going to try to rile up the base about Obamacare, again. That may be the least ambitious pre-election plan ever.

Most of the Republican House probably prefer to lay low in the months before the election, given the House's dismal approval ratings and the recent humiliating collapse of leadership's immigration strategies, so it's very unlikely McCarthy could rally support for anything even remotely substantive. This seems like a defensive action, not an offensive one.

It's probably the best strategy available to them, but it's barely a step up from just not coming back from their August vacation at all.

Originally posted to Hunter on Mon Aug 11, 2014 at 11:23 AM PDT.

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