Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., told CNN Saturday that a small group of GOP senators has taken “the entire Congress hostage.”
King has long been critical of the “defund Obamacare” movement. He says Senate Republicans, lead by Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, want to force the issue and are willing to shut down the government.
However, King ultimately voted for a measure Friday that would defund Obamacare, but keep the government running.
“Because it was the only way to keep the process going,” King said. He admitted he expects the Senate to strip Obamacare from the bill and return it to the House.
“This is not the way to run a government,” he said.
He claims Cruz has been “fraudulent all summer” telling “grassroots Republicans” that defunding Obamacare before Oct. 1 is possible. He said the bill would never make it passed the Senate and now that the legislation is there we’re going to see it fail.
He said he hopes that means now the House will be able to get back to “real serious business.”
“This is not the way it should have been done, it’s the situation that the House was put in, and I went along with it yesterday for the purpose of moving the process forward and, hopefully, exposing these small group of Republican senators who are holding the entire Congress hostage,” he added.
Friday King told CNN that Cruz “is a fraud” and compared his bill to defund Obamacare as a “suicide mission.”
"We can't be going off on these false missions that Ted Cruz wants us to go on. The issues are too important. They're too serious, they require real conservative solutions, not cheap headline-hunting schemes," he said.