Republican says debt ceiling bill gives win to 'spoiled child' Dems

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 Garamendi (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 Lee (D-Texas) said members of Congress are "like parents" to the nation, and need to act quickly to save the country from default.