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 Raymond Garamendi58 years after congressional authorization, Peace Corps continues to build better Americans House Democrats inch toward majority support for impeachment Trump bashes Mueller for 'ineptitude,' slams 'sick' Democrats backing impeachment 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 LeeLewandowski: House testimony shows I'd be 'a fighter' in the Senate Democrats press Nadler to hold Lewandowski in contempt Democrats bicker over strategy on impeachment MORE (D-Texas) said members of Congress are "like parents" to the nation, and need to act quickly to save the country from default.