House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi criticized the effort, saying, "It is only fitting that Republicans would waste the last week at work this summer voting for the 40th time to repeal the Affordable Care Act and continue their record of no jobs bills, no budget agreement and no solutions for the middle class."
Many Republicans expressed outrage after IRS employee Lois Lerner was placed on administrative leave but is still being paid, which the current law allows. A GOP bill sponsored by Rep. Mike Kelly, R-Pennsylvania, would change that law and allow federal agencies to suspend employees who are under investigation without pay. Other Republican bills would limit bonuses for federal workers and impose a ban on any new IRS conferences until new changes are in place.
One topic the House won't address before its five-week break is immigration reform. The Senate passed a bipartisan comprehensive immigration bill last month, but Boehner said instead the House will take a "step-by-step" approach but has not given any details yet on when it will vote or what specific measures will be taken up on the floor.
4. Scandals from coast ...
It's the tabloid political blockbuster of the summer: Amid falling poll numbers and a rising "sexting" count, New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner had a horrible week.
But the former seven-term Democratic representative, who resigned from Congress two years ago following a similar scandal, has so far resisted calls to end his bid for a second chance in politics.
All eyes will be on Weiner in the days ahead. The New York Times reported late Saturday that campaign manager Danny Kedem told Weiner that he was leaving the campaign. Will Weiner's poll numbers continue to plunge? Will more women who had inappropriate online relationships with Weiner speak out? Will Weiner's wife, Huma Abedin, a longtime top adviser to Hillary Clinton, continue to support her husband's bid for political redemption?
A lot of questions remain, and as of now, Weiner's still giving answers.
"But there's going to reach a point fairly soon that I'm going to say I think I've said enough about it, and I'm going to keep just talking about other things," Weiner told reporters Friday.
5. ... to coast
On the left coast, it's a similar story as another former Democratic congressman is facing calls to quit. San Diego Mayor Bob Filner is dealing with an explosion of sexual harassment allegations.
Filner said Friday he will take a two-week hiatus for "intensive counseling." His move came one day after fellow Democrats called for his resignation.
Saying he had apologized to his staff, the citizens and the "women I have offended," the mayor said, "It is simply not acceptable to explain away my conduct as the product of the standards of a different generation."
On Thursday, the San Diego County Democratic Party voted 34-6 to ask the mayor to step down. Seven women have said they were targets of the mayor's advances.
A group has begun a campaign aimed at getting more than the 100,000 signatures needed to try and recall Filner, who was a five-term congressman before being elected mayor last year.