“Some of our members may have thought the default issue was a hostage you might take a chance at shooting. Most of us didn’t think that. What we did learn is thisâ€"it’s a hostage that’s worth ransoming.”  

â€"Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), The Washington Post, August 3

“We have negotiated with terrorists. This small group of terrorists have made it impossible to spend any money.”  

â€"Rep. Mike Doyle (D-Pa.) complaining about the debt deal at a closed-door Democratic caucus meeting, Politico, August 2

“This deal is a sugar-coated Satan sandwich. If you lift the bun, you will not like what you see.”  r

â€"Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) in a tweet on the debt deal, August 1

“You are the most vile, unprofessional, and despicable member of the U.S. House of Representatives. If you have something to say to me, stop being a coward and say it to my face, otherwise, shut the heck up.”  

â€"Rep. Allen West (R-Fl.), in an open email to Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fl.), July 19