Sen. Ted Cruz, a Texas Republican and tea party darling, said the threat of a first-ever default is the best leverage that Congress has to rein in the White House. Cruz told CNN on Sunday that any agreement to allow the government to borrow more money to pay its bills must include a "significant" plan to reduce future spending, no new taxes and "mitigating the harms from Obamacare."
Associated Press writers Robert Burns and Julie Pace contributed to this report.
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