"a small group of members of Congress managed to bring Washington to a halt.... as government funding ran out, a group of around 40 hardline conservatives refused to support any resolution to fund the government that didn't defund Obamacare. ... their goals may have become less clear, but their resolve has not weakened."
"So who are those hardliners? To compile this list, we started with a roster that the Senate Conservatives Fund, a group aligned with Ted Cruz, created of representatives who were allied with them. We cross-checked it with the list of members who signed an August letter by Rep. Mark Meadows demanding that Boehner use a shutdown as a threat to defund Obamacare .... It's not a comprehensive roll, ... but it's a window into the small but powerful group of men and women in the House of Representatives who brought the federal government to a standstill."