Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) defended Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerObamaCare gets new lease on life Ryan picks party over country by pushing healthcare bill The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE (R-Ohio) on Wednesday after the House passed a clean debt-limit bill that raised the ire of conservatives.
King branded as “morons” many conservatives in the GOP caucus who consistently oppose any effort to pass the debt limit, asserting they are the same faction that led to the government shutdown last year.
King had been one of the most vocal critics of the strategy that led to the government shutdown last year. He said the Speaker tried everything to appease his members Tuesday.
However, many of them didn’t have the "guts" to vote on any proposal to raise the borrowing limit, King said.
“John tried everything,” he said. "I was so disgusted with people in the Republican conference. So many got up and said they knew they had to pass the debt ceiling, but they didn’t have the guts to vote for it. And they wouldn’t vote for anything. And that’s why he had to do what he did.”
The House late Tuesday passed the bill that suspends the debt limit until March of next year on a 221-201 vote. Democrats largely supported the bill, while 28 Republicans crossed over as well.
The vote came after GOP leaders decided they did not have the Republican votes on a proposal to tie the restoration of military pension cuts to the debt ceiling.