The Ottumwa Courier


Budget Battle

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas leaves the floor of the Senate on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Sept. 23, 2013, after a testy exchange with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., at the start of legislative business. Cruz and fellow tea party conservatives on Sunday said President Barack Obama and his Democratic allies would be to blame if they don't accede to GOP demands to strike down the national health care law. Conservatives in the House on Friday approved legislation to keep the government running but at the cost of wiping out the Affordable Care Act, popularly known at "Obamacare." (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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