Meet the key players who determined how the latest fight over a government shutdown ended.
Rep. Mark Meadows, R-North Carolina -- During Congress' August recess, the tea party-backed freshman wrote to Republican leaders suggesting that they tie dismantling the health care reform law to the funding bill. Though initially rejected by GOP leadership, 79 of Meadows' House colleagues signed on to the letter, which quoted James Madison writing in the Federalist Papers, "the power over the purse may, in fact, be regarded as the most complete and effectual weapon ... for obtaining a redress of every grievance."
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