Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. Key players in the shutdown debate Key players in the shutdown debate — The game is the same, but many of the players have changed.
Congress and the president are facing off in another supreme spending showdown. This last happened inwhen Congress avoided a shutdown by passing a spending measure shortly after the midnight deadline hit. Who controls what happens this time?
Take a look at the key players who will determine how this fight ends. Hide Caption 1 of 18 Photos: Key players in the shutdown debate Key players in the shutdown debate — Rep. During Congress' August recess, the tea party-backed freshman wrote to Republican leaders suggesting that they tie dismantling Obamacare to the funding bill.
Though initially rejected by GOP leadership, 79 of Meadows' House colleagues signed on to the letter, which quoted James Madison writing in the Federalist Papers, "the power over the purse may, in fact, be regarded as the most complete and effectual weapon He'll make the key play call.
The top Republican leader in the land may be the most important player in the days immediately before a possible shutdown.
Boehner could decide whether to push through the Senate's version of a spending bill and keep government running, or he could float a third version with some other Republican wish list items in it. If he takes the second option, Boehner could risk a shutdown but could also force the Senate into a tough position: Timing on all this will be critical.
Hide Caption 3 of 18 Photos: Key players in the shutdown debate Key players in the shutdown debate — Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas -- The revolutionary or rabble rouser, depending on your viewpoint.
The tea party firebrand could lead a long filibuster on the Senate floor, delaying passage of a spending bill until just one day before the deadline on Monday, September Cruz has stoked the anti-Obamacare flames all summer, but recently angered fellow Republicans by openly saying that the Senate does not have the votes to repeal the health care law.
Hide Caption 4 of 18 Photos: Marco Rubio, R-Florida -- Senator to watch. The potential presidential candidate has been one of three senators Cruz and Mike Lee, R-Utah, being the others pushing to use the government shutdown debate as a way to repeal or defund Obamacare.
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