Republicans in the House of Representatives should have refrained from celebrating when they passed the American Health Care Act bill, according to a fellow House Republican.
Rep. Pete King (R-N.Y.) said the vote was too important to hold a public celebration. King said he was attending a hearing with Jim Comey, the Federal Bureau of Investigation director, so he missed the celebration, King said in a Tuesday interview on WABC's "Bernie and Sid Show."
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"But I wouldn't have gone down there anyway. I don't think it's something to celebrate," King said. While King noted that he voted in support of the bill, he still thinks it has room to improve.
"I voted for the bill. I think there are still improvements that have to be made in it. But it's too serious a topic to be out there having a celebration on it," he said in the WABC interview.
Cutting taxes or winning a war would be causes to celebrate, King said in the WABC interview.
"To me, it was a business decision—business in the sense that it's our business to get the job done and move it forward," the New York Republican said on WABC.
King criticized Democrats' rhetoric about the bill, such as saying people will die if it becomes law. He said in the WABC interview that comments such as those were "absolutely disgraceful. We should try to have an intelligent debate on it."
Before the bill passed, The Washington Post reported that King and other Republican congressmen were anxious to get the AHCA revisions to the Senate. "I would hope it gets changed over there," King told Bloomberg News, according to The Post.
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