By Lisa Mascaro and Michael A. Memoli
September 27, 2013, 2:00 p.m.
WASHINGTON – The legislation the Senate passed Friday to prevent a government shutdown landed with a thud in the House, where the Republican majority has no clear strategy for ending the standoff threatening to close shutter the government at midnight Monday.
House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) left the Capitol after a mid-morning meeting with his leadership team without publicly revealing a strategy. Boehner plans to assemble rank-and-file Republicans at noon Saturday to discuss the alternatives.
The GOP strategy is complicated by party infighting as Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is encouraging his tea party allies in the House to resist passing any bill to fund the government that does not also halt President Obama’s healthcare law.
“I am hopeful, I am confident that the House will continue to stand its ground, continue to listen to the American people and step up to respond and to stop this train wreck, this nightmare that is Obamacare,” Cruz said.
That strategy, however, appears doomed to fail as Democrats in the Senate are united around protecting the Affordable Care Act. No Democratic senators voted to halt the bill during the key procedural vote Friday or to halt funding for the healthcare law, as Republicans had hoped.
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