WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Republicans' clear defeat in the budget-debt brawl has widened the rift between the Grand Old Party and the tea party movement.
The tea party movement spawned by the passage of Obama's health care overhaul three years ago put the GOP back in charge of the House and in hot pursuit of the law's repeal. The effort hit a wall this month in the budget and debt fight, but tea partyers promised to keep up the effort.
Whatever the future of the law, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell vowed he wouldn't permit another government shutdown.
But tea party Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas told ABC News he wouldn't rule out using the tactic again, when the same budget and debt questions come up next year.