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 GaramendiOutdated infrastructure poses national security risk Dems urge treaty ratification after South China Sea ruling Fight over California drought heats up in Congress 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-LeeEx-rep admires furs amid PETA inaugural gala CBC to Trump: Keep Richard Cordray, ensure the protection of American consumers Pamela Anderson, Mary Matalin to co-host PETA inaugural ball MORE (D-Texas) said members of Congress are "like parents" to the nation, and need to act quickly to save the country from default.