Rep. Peter King: Shutting Down the Government Would Be Wrong

by Betsy Woodruff

Representative Peter King (R., NY.) told Candy Crowley on CNN this morning that threats to shut down the government aren’t just wrongheaded — they’re wrong. King, a potential 2016 presidential contender, didn’t name names, but his criticism was as blunt as can be: Shutting down the government to stop the Affordable Care Act would be unacceptable.

Senator Mike Lee (R., Utah) has spearheaded an effort to block a continuing resolution that would fund Obamacare, and a number of other Republicans are on board, including Senators Ted Cruz (Texas), Rand Paul (Ky.), and Marco Rubio (Fla.). King, however, is not.

“We should not be closing down the government under any circumstances,” he said. “That doesn’t work, it’s wrong, and, you know, Obamacare passed. We have to try to defund it, we have to try to find ways to repeal it. But the fact is, we shouldn’t be using it as a threat to shut down the government.”

King isn’t the only vocal Republican critic of Lee’s efforts. Senator Richard Burr of North Carolina said it was the “dumbest idea” he’d ever heard of.

Here’s King’s take: