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Rep. Peter King nixes Democrats' government funding bill discharge petition

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Rep. Peter King of New York dismissed the possibility that he would join a Democratic-led discharge petition to force a vote on a government funding bill free of any changes to Obamacare or other conservative wish list items.

"It's not going to go anywhere," King said in an appearance on "Fox News Sunday," closing the door to the possibility that Democrats would be able to circumvent House Speaker John Boehner's control over the lower chamber with a discharge petition, which would force a floor vote on a measure to fund the government and end the shutdown.

Such a tactic would have required help from enough Republicans to cobble together a bipartisan majority in the House. But King is not on board, and he's become the most vocal critic of some conservatives' plans to defund Obamacare with a government funding bill.

King expressed support for Boehner denied charges that he was not a conservative, insisting to Fox's Chris Wallace that "I'm not a conservative, I'm a Reagan conservative."

Nevertheless, King placed some blame for the shutdown on conservative Republicans, saying that the strategy of tying changes to Obamacare to a continuing resolution "was doomed to failure" and charging that one of the architects of the plan, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, "has now walked away from it."

Georgia representative Tom Graves, a member of the House Republican caucus' right wing, also appearing on the program, tried to downplay the disagreements between Republicans. He attributed the fallout between King and other Republicans like Cruz to "disagreements on strategy and tactics," but claimed that now House Republicans have "never been more united" in seeking delays to provision of Obamacare in the ongoing fiscal fights.

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