Sep 19, 2013 10:15 PM by Connie Murphy
WASHINGTON (AP) - Congressional Republicans struggled to tamp down a family feud Thursday as they approached a politically charged showdown with the White House that combines the threat of a government shutdown, a possible first-ever federal default and the GOP's bid to repeal the nation's three-year-old health care law.
One day after conceding that the Democratic-controlled Senate probably would prevail on the last part, Sen. Ted Cruz still vowed to do "everything and anything possible to defund Obamacare." That includes a possible filibuster of legislation to prevent a partial government shutdown, added the Texas Republican.
That was a step further than Sen. Mike Lee of Utah - Cruz's partner in a summertime run of "Defund Obamacare" television commercials - was willing to go. President Barack Obama's health care law "is not worth causing a shutdown over," he said.
The two men spoke at a news conference with several House Republicans where lawmakers stressed they were unified and thanked Speaker John Boehner for agreeing to tie the anti-shutdown and anti-Obamacare provisions into one bill.
That bill is on track for House passage on Friday, with a Senate showdown to follow.