Gosar was one of the 144 House Republicans who voted against legislation last week to re-open the government and allow the government to borrow above the debt ceiling. More than 60 percent of House Republicans voted against it, amid polls finding that most blame the GOP for gridlock in Congress.

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Gosar disagreed with those polls. "I don't know how Republicans lost at all," he said. "We had a conversation with the American people on a program that is destined to fail."

Democrats made their own family metaphors last week, but said it was Republicans who were acting like children. Rep. John GaramendiJohn GaramendiDefense bill would limit implementation of nuclear arms treaty with Russia California air force base: Active shooter was false alarm Can Congress establish a backup for GPS before it's too late? MORE (D-Calif.) said to conservative Republicans, "Kid, OK, get your blanket, get your bottle and take a nap. We don't need tantrums around here."

Just before the vote, Rep. Sheila Jackson LeeSheila Jackson-LeeDem calls for House inquiry into foreign payments to Trump hotel OPINION: It wasn’t Watergate, but Comey hearing could be Trump's Waterloo Donald Trump's plan to disenfranchise minority voters MORE (D-Texas) said members of Congress are "like parents" to the nation, and need to act quickly to save the country from default.