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Republicans following Cruz's lead as shutdown continues

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GOP leaders on Tuesday introduced a series of bills to fund specific parts of the government in lieu of one sweeping package — a strategy Cruz had floated a week ago and promoted again Monday night as the government was closing its doors.

The freshman senator has also been the driving force behind the plan to condition any new spending on the inclusion of provisions scaling back President Obama’s 2010 healthcare reform law.

Cruz and GOP leaders have sometimes bickered over strategy, while at other times they have looked to be on the same page.

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