Rep. Steve King of Iowa is speaking out against what he calls "retribution" from House Speaker John Boehner, who he says canceled a diplomatic trip King had planned after he opposed the Republican leader's efforts to pass a clean Homeland Security funding bill, CNN reported
King said Boehner appeared to be getting back at his opposition to the funding legislation as he and about 50 other House Republicans stood firm in a battle over President Barack Obama's executive order on immigration, CNN said.
"Apparently the people whom he most objects to for disagreeing with him are now grounded to the United States," King, a conservative House leader, told iHeartRadio's Simon Conway
King described Boehner's actions as throwing tantrums, adding "this is retribution on the highest scale."
Boehner's spokesman declined to comment about King's allegations, CNN said.
In spite of the House Republicans' stand against Obama, the bill passed 257-167 last week without any immigration riders attached, USA Today noted
. The bill will allow funding for DHS through Sept. 30 and avoided a potentially devastating showdown over national security issues.
Some lawmakers, however, said not standing up to the president's order, which would protect about 4 million undocumented immigrants living in the U.S., would only serve to harm America in the future.
"I believe this is a sad day for America. If we're not going to fight now, when are we going to fight?" Rep. Matt Salmon, an Arizona Republican, told USA Today.
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