Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzWith religious liberty memo, Trump made America free to be faithful again Interstate compacts aren't the right way to fix occupational licensing laws Texas Dem: ‘I don’t know what to believe’ about what Trump wants for wall MORE (R-Texas) is to blame for the fiscal fiasco on Capitol Hill, according to a source close to Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerDems face hard choice for State of the Union response Even some conservatives seem open to return to earmarks Overnight Finance: Trump, lawmakers take key step to immigration deal | Trump urges Congress to bring back earmarks | Tax law poised to create windfall for states | Trump to attend Davos | Dimon walks back bitcoin criticism MORE (R-Ohio).

With the debt-limit deadline looming and the House GOP unable to pass its new fiscal plan, BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerDems face hard choice for State of the Union response Even some conservatives seem open to return to earmarks Overnight Finance: Trump, lawmakers take key step to immigration deal | Trump urges Congress to bring back earmarks | Tax law poised to create windfall for states | Trump to attend Davos | Dimon walks back bitcoin criticism MORE is on the hot seat.

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Asked how Boehner gets out of this mess, a GOP lawmaker close to Boehner responded, “With a clear, consistent history of what actually happened … to remind everybody we had a grand strategy until Cruz played the stupid card.”

In mid-September, House GOP leadership intended to force the Senate to vote on defunding ObamaCare before passing a temporary funding bill that would have averted the government shutdown.

But that plan didn’t attract enough GOP votes and was shelved.

Pushed by Tea Party lawmakers, Boehner subsequently embraced Cruz’s strategy.

In mid-July, before heading home for a five-week recess, a lawmaker who was worried about Cruz’s strategy on ObamaCare went to Boehner’s office. The GOP member urged the Speaker to “get in front of the issue or else the battle will be set for us,” according to a source.

Boehner didn’t speak out against Cruz’s fiscal game plan, and the senator’s effort gained momentum among GOP voters in August and September.