As long as the White House and the Senate are run by Democrats, Republican Rep. Steve King says "stopping bad ideas" is his job.
"Republicans need to be the conscience of the spending Democrats," the Iowa lawmaker said on CNN's "New Day."
"This country wouldn't be in this angst that it's in today if we had been better obstructionists when they tried to jam Obamacare at us," the Iowa Republican added. "We just weren't successful enough in obstructing its passage."
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King said that if Republicans take control of the White House and Congress that he will work to bring healthcare legislation to the floor again.
"When we win majority in the Senate and we have a president that will sign it, then we'll go back to passing legislation that's good for the country again," he explained
He added that it wouldn't hurt if the Republican Party were "upgraded" with more constitutional conservatives.
He promises that if any measures are offered that would extend benefits for veterans that he will always support the veterans.
"I have always opposed playing politics with our veterans," he said. "We've owed them to follow through on every commitment that we have made, and they should never have to wonder if the United States Congress is going to stand with them. We must do so and I will weigh in to make sure that that happens."
There is a $21 billion measure before the Senate designed to expand benefits for veterans that's being blocked by Republicans because it has not gone through the usual process of being debated and amended in committee before it is brought up for a vote. Republicans are accusing Democrats of "playing politics"
with the nation's veterans.
Republicans would like to add an amendment that would reduce the size of the bill and penalize Iran if they continue to pursue their nuclear program.
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