Settle down, Ketchup Boy.

(NECN) — “We need people who are able to understand the consequences of their actions, that is what we need,” said Mass. Sen. John Kerry, Democrat.

A day after Standard & Poor’s took the unprecedented step of downgrading the credit of the United States government lawmakers are scrambling to assess the damage.

Kerry, Saturday riding in the Pan Mass Challenge with cycling superstar Lance Armstrong, blames the downgrade on a small minority faction in Washington unwilling to see beyond blind ideology. While he didn’t single anyone out, it was clear he was talking about tea party republicans in the house.

“These people have been irresponsible, and reckless and absolutest. And what we need are people who are prepared to negotiate in good faith and protect certain interests of our country. We’ve got to invest in jobs,” said Sen. Kerry.

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