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 GaramendiLawmakers sound alarm on space security North Korean tests augment calls for boosting missile defense systems Overnight Defense: Lawmakers decry proposed Coast Guard cuts | NATO defense spending increases | Drones deploy to South Korea 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 wants hearing after United passenger dragged off flight Members jam with Wynonna Judd, Keith Urban at Grammys on the Hill Dem rep: Trump WH, conservatives are attacking black women MORE (D-Texas) said members of Congress are "like parents" to the nation, and need to act quickly to save the country from default.