GOP rep: 'I'm not going to see another 9/11'

Rep. Pete King (R-N.Y.) said Monday he’s prepared to defect from his party in order to fund the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and prevent another terrorist attack.

“If I have to vote against Republicans, I will,” King told the CBS affiliate in New York City. “If I have to vote against the Republican leadership, I will. I’m not going to see another 9/11.”

“The threat from terrorism is greater than at any time since 9/11,” King added. “ISIS is killing people through the world, burning people, beheading people. Al-Shabaab is threatening to blow up malls in the United States. The worst thing we can do is let our enemies think we are backing off, that we are cutting off funding.”

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King criticized his GOP colleagues for tying riders to a DHS funding bill that would roll back President Obama’s immigration actions from 2011, 2012 and 2014.

“This is no way to run a government,” said King, who previously served as chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee. 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSchumer requests Senate briefing on Ukraine amid Russia tensions Bipartisan Senate group discusses changes to election law There is a bipartisan path forward on election and voter protections MORE (R-Ky.) presented a new strategy late Monday that separates provisions that would defund Obama’s 2014 immigration actions from the DHS funding bill. McConnell did not make clear, however, if he would introduce a clean spending bill separately.

It’s unclear whether McConnell’s new plan would be backed by both Democrats and Republicans in the Senate and House.

The House, meanwhile, doesn’t return to Capitol Hill until Tuesday evening with about 72 hours left before the Friday deadline to fund the agency and prevent it from shutting down.