His comments on CNN’s “AC360” with Andersoon Cooper Tuesday night came on the heels of news that the scheduled nighttime vote on the House deal offered in the morning wouldn’t happen.
Lawmakers and aides on Capitol Hill confirmed to reporters House Republicans could not ratchet up enough support. Now, a plan to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling is back in the Senate’s hands.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) came up with a deal Monday that would reopen the government through mid-December and extend the debt ceiling through mid-February.
King said he would vote for that deal, and blames Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) for this fiscal mess.
Congress, King added, will be back in the same boat in three to four months, and predicts King will “rewrite history.”
“He’s going to say ‘we were on the verge of winning back in October and Republicans panicked. They quit so soon. We’re going to win this time.’”
"He's a false prophet. He's a phony," he said.
Asked if the 11-term congressman has seen anything this bad in Congress, King said, “No, nothing this bad. I’ve seen some tough battles.”