WASHINGTON - After the U.S. House vote that raised the debt ceiling, ended the shutdown, but didn't affect Obamacare, a Los Angeles Times story noted Illinois' 16th CD representative was especially frustrated afterwards:
"Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) blamed House conservatives for the failure. 'It’s been about 30 people that make their money on not hanging with the team. And so that’s on them,' he said."
That comment in the LA Times is accurate, Illinois Review confirmed with Kinzinger's office Thursday. During the final vote, only one member of the Illinois delegation voted "no" - U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren of the 14th CD.
"The budget process is so broken, the Congressman hasn't seen it this bad since he was first elected," Kinzinger spokesperson Zach Hunter told Illinois Review. "Hopefully, Chairman Ryan will strike a deal that fully provides fiscal stability."
Kinzinger had said from the onset of the shutdown controversy that because Republicans controlled only half of Congress and the Democrats controlled everything else, the chances of stopping ObamaCare and getting President Obama to negotiate were slim. He had said on several occasions on cable network shows that the tactics would not end well with little of no leverage.
Despite his expressed doubt the plan would work, Kinzinger supported defunding and delaying ObamaCare and every bill that pushed through specific budget items. The GOP caucus began to fall apart, and wrangling between GOP factions grew, making it near impossible to negotiate or compromise. The last two days before the budget ultimately passed were especially antagonistic among the caucus members.
Thursday morning, House Speaker John Boehner appointed four of his leadership team to negotiate a budget agreement to avert another crisis in January, when the whole process will come to a head once again. The past couple of weeks were so intense, most agree it can't happen again, but that doesn't mean it won't, other D.C. lawmakers are saying.
The question remains for Kinzinger's 16th CD constituents whether his criticism of 30 of his colleagues hurt or helped the divided GOP caucus.