WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republicans' clear defeat in the budget-debt brawl has widened the rift between the Grand Old Party and the tea party.
Tea party lawmakers are incensed that House Speaker John Boehner (BAY'-nur) and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell agreed to the plan to reopen government without extracting any limits on President Barack Obama's health care law.
Groups affiliated with the tea party are endorsing primary opponents running against Republican lawmakers who supported the deal.
Others in the GOP are seething over the tea partyers' demand to repeal or limit so-called Obamacare, which led to the 16-day government closure. McConnell has vowed to prevent another shutdown. But tea party Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas refused to rule out the same shutdown tactics when talks reopen in January.