Skip to comments.Rep. Peter King ready to sign Dem petition on ‘clean’ funding bill
Posted on 10/11/2013 11:28:25 AM PDT by jazusamo
Rep. Peter King (N.Y.) would support a discharge petition on a "clean" spending bill if GOP leaders don't bring it to the floor soon, the centrist Republican vowed this week.
King has long-pushed Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to take up the Senate-passed continuing resolution (CR) to reopen the government. But he has refused to buck leadership further by endorsing the Democrats' discharge petition, which would force a floor vote on the bill.
"If we have to do a discharge petition, ultimately, we will, but this is going to come [to the floor]," King said in an interview with Bloomberg's Al Hunt that is scheduled to air Friday night.
"I think John Boehner has wanted this moment all along," King added. "He never wanted to close the government. He was backed into it by this group of 30 or 40 people. Now he has the leverage he needs, and I think it's going to come to the House floor, no matter what."
More than 20 House Republicans have indicated they would back a clean CR if it came to the floor, but King is the first to announce his support for the Democrats' discharge petition.
Boehner last month attempted to move a spending bill to prevent a government shutdown that the Senate could have passed clean, but his right-most flank insisted that changes to ObamaCare be part of the bill. The conservative opposition led to a prolonged back-and-forth between House Republicans and Senate Democrats over the healthcare provisions.
When no deal was reached by Oct. 1, much of the government shut down.
President Obama has publicly said he wont negotiate with Republicans on either the CR or the debt ceiling until the dual crises are resolved. The shutdown entered its 11th day Friday.
But with polls showing that voters are blaming Republicans to a much greater degree than Obama for the impasse, GOP leaders have begun to soften their position in recent days, and it appears that the White House is negotiating with them.
On Thursday, Republicans offered Obama a new plan under which they would agree to extend the Treasury's borrowing authority through Nov. 22 if Obama will agree to negotiate with them on a longer term budget deal that would reopen the government.
King predicted Friday that clean bills to raise the debt ceiling and end the shutdown would pass easily, if GOP leaders would bring them to the floor.
I think it would have passed earlier in the week after the poll numbers have come out," he told Bloomberg. "It's going to pass overwhelmingly."
So true. The DC elites are “riding dirty” with all these CR’s.
“King predicted Friday that clean bills to raise the debt ceiling and end the shutdown would pass easily, if GOP leaders would bring them to the floor.”
Further proof that you would have a hard time sliding a playing card between the practical philosophies of the pubbies and the dhimmicraps, they are so much alike.
Instead of trying to convince these RINOs to change why not convince them to become Democrats...?
The Cruz and Lee strategy really has outed the RINOs.
Another Collaborator heard from.
For King and any one else who breaks ranks and sides with the Dems there has to be reprocussions. Throw them off all committtees they are on and withhold campaign funding.
King is a blue state republican.
If you want to move him redward, move his state redward.
I blame his voters.
They had plenty times to ditch him, and they didn’t. They can do it next year, and how much you want to bet the pig-headed morons in his district will send him right back?
This is due to McCain giving the green light today for another round of GOP self-immolation.
Gutless POS all.
I'd probably go out and do whatever it took to find someone to replace him but that's just me.
King is Jim Traficant with better hair.
Peter King, the Early Years...
I will reserve my comments on where we go from here for after Boehner caves and the democrats get all they want.
I live in King's district. A majority of people here don't want Obamacare and I've yet to meet somebody who is complaining about the shutdown.
Seems to me that King's comments don't represent his district.
if he does this, will someone please post a notice when he has a decent, honest opponent and we will plan to contribute to retire King from office. anyone who would do this does not belong anywhere near an office of public trust
Peter King (D)ummy
Thanks for posting that picture. I think the terms “French Republicans” and “Vichy Republican” are not descriptive enough for Peter King and his ilk. Peter King is a Vichy French whore. His hair piece was probably made if France.
Yep. Cruz and Lee have exposed RINO’S!