King hints at another shutdown showdown

Republicans in Congress got burned in opinion polls after the 2013 government shutdown. Some, however, including Iowa’s U.S. Rep. Steve King, are already getting out the matches for another round.

Congress must act before the end of September to either approve a budget or authorize continued spending at current levels to avoid a government shutdown. House Speaker John Boehner has said he expects action on a short-term continuing resolution next month.

Some GOP leaders, however, including Sens. Mitch McConnell and Marco Rubio, have hinted in media reports of another budget showdown next month.

King, R-Kiron, said Wednesday “all bets are off” on a continuing resolution if President Obama follows through with reported plans to deal with immigration issues without Congress.

“If the president wields his pen and commits that unconstitutional act to legalize millions, I think that becomes something that is nearly political nuclear …,” King said. “I think the public would be mobilized and galvanized and that changes the dynamic of any continuing resolution and how we might deal with that.”

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