Senate lawmakers teamed up on Thursday to stop a GOP-led effort to cut Planned Parenthood’s funding. The vote on the legislation was 47-52 (eight of which were pro-abortion Republican votes), short of the necessary 60 votes to overcome a Democratic filibuster. One Democrat joined the Republicans to advance the bill. Though disappointing for Republicans, the failed vote was widely expected.

President Obama’s refusal to cooperate with Congress has compelled Republicans to take matters into their own hands to avoid a government shutdown. Unfortunately for Republican leaders, these efforts are placing them at odds with their conservative colleagues. And while it may be politically savvy for Democrats to hold Republicans over a barrel or let them take the fall for the resulting government shutdown, creating a proverbial rock or hard place dilemma for the GOP, it is once again a loss for the American people and a win for the Obama administration.

With just a few short weeks left for Congress to reach an agreement on a spending bill, experts are predicting that a government shutdown is likely to take place on October 1.

U.S. Representatives Thomas Massie and Justin Amash  take distinct tacks in opposing President Obama's Iran nuclear agreement.

On Tuesday, lawmakers returned to Washington where they will grapple with tight deadlines on a number of key votes, which include the Iran nuclear deal and a government spending bill that could lead to a potential government shutdown.