Tensions are rising between House and Senate Republicans over which conference will lead the fight to defund ObamaCare.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and a spokesman for Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) each said Wednesday that the task is for Republicans in the other chamber as pressure rises to fund the government.
Cruz’s statement drew immediate criticism from rank-and-file House Republicans who accused the likely presidential hopeful of abandoning the fight he had encouraged for months.
“So far [Senate Republicans] are good at getting Facebook likes, and townhalls, not much else. Do something …” tweeted Rep. Tim Griffin (R-Ark.).
The rift highlights the desire by GOP lawmakers to avoid blame for any shutdown that occurs because of demands to kill ObamaCare.