By Carlo Muñoz - 10/06/13 04:31 PM EDT
House Republicans are on a "kamikaze" crusade, led by a "suicide caucus" within the GOP, to extend the shutdown and force a White House showdown over the debt ceiling, Rep. Pete King (R-N.Y.) said Sunday.
"This never had a chance to work ... and people are still out of work, and the government is still shut down," King said during an interview on "Fox News Sunday."
King has been one of the few GOP voices in the House to oppose the party's efforts to leverage the shutdown as a means of drawing concessions from the White House on ObamaCare.
“I don’t want to continue to be a facilitator for both a disastrous process and plan,” King told reporters shortly before the shutdown.
“There are too many who are living in their own echo chamber," King said at the time, regarding Tea Party plans in the House to force massive changes or outright repeal of ObamaCare.
The New York Republican carried that same message Sunday, hammering fellow House Republicans on picking a fight with President Obama on the looming debt ceiling crisis.
The United States already hit the debt ceiling in May, with administration officials now telling Congress that on Oct. 17, the federal government would run out of options to continue paying the nation's bills.
"If we were to have the unthinkable happen and have the United States default, it would cause real problems," Treasury Secretary Jack Lew told Fox News.
But Rep. Tom Graves (R-Ga.) said House Republicans were ready to finish what they started with the government shutdown.
"The reality is, we are where we are right now, and as a conference, we have never been more united," Graves said.
"We know that the president and his chief aides in the administration ... don't care how long [the shutdown] goes on because they're winning," according to the Georgia Republican.
"This is not about who's going to win or lose, because it's the American people ultimately that are losing if we don't reach some sort of agreement," he added Sunday.