Dem Rep. Doggett: GOP like cicadas who bring shutdown every 17 years

Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-Texas) on Tuesday afternoon compared conservative Republicans to cicadas, those big, loud bugs that plague the mid-Atlantic states every 17 years.

"They come every 17 years. They make a strange and unpleasant noise, and then they shut down," said Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-Texas) on the House floor.

"Like those periodic cicadas that trouble different parts of the country, an irresponsible segment of the Republican House Caucus has reverted to the old GOP shenanigan of a government shutdown that they'd left in some burrow for the last 17 years."


Today marked the first U.S. shutdown in 17 years, which came after a summer in which the cicadas were also expected to make their return to the Washington, D.C. area. But unlike the shutdown, the cicadas were a flop this year, and didn't show up in nearly the numbers that were expected.

Doggett called the few dozen Republicans who pushed to delay ObamaCare and put the government at risk of a shutdown the "shutdown caucus" and said they've hijacked the GOP.

"This is more than a backyard nuisance," he said. "It is an attempt to interfere with the lawful rights of millions of Americans to gain access to the health insurance that they had been denied in the past."

"We must reject those who appear every 17 years to shut down our government and stand up for America."