Don Stewart

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) speaks about Obamacare during a news conference on Capitol Hill, September 19, 2013 in Washington, DC.  (credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Cruz Relents In Early Senate Skirmish

In a break with tea party-aligned Senate conservatives, Republican leader Mitch McConnell announced Monday he will not vote to block legislation aimed at preventing a partial government shutdown, even though Democrats intend to rewrite it to restore funds needed to keep the nation’s three-year-old health care law in existence