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Roberts, Moran vote for bill avoiding fiscal cliff; Jenkins, Yoder, Pompeo, Huelskamp vote against it

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden make a statement regarding the passage of the fiscal cliff bill in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013.

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden make a statement regarding the passage of the fiscal cliff bill in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013.

January 1, 2013


Kansas' all-Republican delegation split Tuesday on the bill that avoided sending the federal government over the so-called fiscal cliff.

U.S. Sens. Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran voted for the bill, and all four U.S. representatives voted against it. Those are Lynn Jenkins of Topeka, whose district includes Lawrence; Kevin Yoder of Overland Park, Mike Pompeo of Wichita and Tim Huelskamp of Fowler.

The 257-167 vote in the House came with 172 Democrats and 85 Republicans voting for the measure. Earlier, the Senate approved the bill 89-8.

President Barack Obama said he would sign the legislation into law. "This law is just one step in the broader effort to strengthen our economy and broaden opportunity for everybody," Obama said.

The measure prevents tax increases on most American taxpayers while raising taxes on people with incomes over $400,000 and $450,000 for couples.

Yoder said he couldn't vote for the bill because it "raises taxes without cutting spending and solving the debt crisis that will plague our nation."

But Moran said he voted for the measure because without it, all taxpayers would have seen an increase. "This bill protects 99 percent of all Americans," Moran said.

He said now Congress can focus entirely on cutting spending.

Roberts gave similar reasons for his "yes" vote. "While this deal is not the comprehensive solution I was seeking to America's debt crisis, delay or inaction on taxes would have only harmed our economy, damaged retirement savings, and penalized Kansans of all ages," Roberts said.

But Pompeo tweeted "Can't vote for this Fiscal Cliff deal as is. Too much spending, not enough cuts. And the wind tax credit is revived. No way. Needs amending."

Huelskamp voted against it, saying, "This is just another deal by Washington insiders — with no real solutions."

Jenkins had no immediate comment on her vote, but one day earlier issued a statement, saying, "Our autopilot spending is eating our country's fiscal health alive. If there is anything everyone should agree on, it is the best New Year’s resolution for Congress is to finally address our spending problem, and start by passing a responsible budget."


kansanjayhawk 1 year, 3 months ago

I commend our Representatives for standing by what they said in their campaigns that they would be true "fiscal" conservatives. This legislation raises will hurt the entire economy by reducing growth and increasing the deficit it will hurt the middle class because slower growth means fewer jobs created in the private sector. The Senators have some "splainin" to do to the folks back home who were counting on them to oppose these policies.


yourworstnightmare 1 year, 3 months ago

Kansas is a ward of the federal government. Without federal dollars flowing into the state in terms of agricultural subsidies, defense industry in Wichita, NBAF and other research dollars, etc., Kansas would dry up and blow away.

Without federal support, Kansas could not survive in free and open competition between states.

No quality business person or skilled worker wants to live in a backward state with terrible education, an unskilled workforce, and an anti-intellectual and religiously insane legislature and governor.


blindrabbit 1 year, 3 months ago

The Kansas "Ship of Fools" crewed by Huelskamp, Jenkins, Pompeo and Yoder will set sail soon on the Sea of Gallilee with Yoder giving swimming lessions and the entire crew drunk on Brownbacks religion, Koch-a-Kolas and in Grover Norquist's pocket.


deec 1 year, 3 months ago

Here's the data on the deficit and federal spending for anyone who wants to see the actual numbers and how we got in this situation.


LJD230 1 year, 3 months ago

Ignorance has consequences. How does no federal dollars for the NCI Center at KU, no federal bucks for the pending relocation of Plum Island to KSU, no federal dollars for research at KU or KSU, no federal dollars for Kansas infrastructure AND NO FEDERAL SUBSIDIES FOR AGRICULTURE sit in the craw of the folks who are angry spending was not included in the recent legislation. No more federal dollars for Kansas.


DKCounty 1 year, 3 months ago

Jerry Moran's vote is one I expected, and his comments prove his intent and his continuing service to a bipartisan agreement to best serve interests of the people of Kansas.

Pat Roberts, while voting in favor, tipped his hat with his comments. Roberts remains as a Bush loyalist who is posturing himself with a moderate vote to offset what will certainly be a rigid, partisan stance in future fiscal/budget negotiations.

Tim Huelskamp's vote came as no surprise. Huelskamp lacks a basic understanding of the concept of working together in a representative from of government. Huelskamp's radical, far-right, tea party type views do little to serve the United States and even less to serve the state of Kansas.

As for the rest, I don't vote in their districts, but they represent the typical "Red-State," "my way or the highway," radical conservatism that dominated Bush era politics.


Scut Farkus 1 year, 3 months ago

Voting no was not in the country's best interest at this time. I agree that spending has to be addressed but the Republican controlled congress waited until the last minute to address this. Their failure to even consider compromises because they refused to increase taxes on those earning more than $250,000 (which the majority of us support) was almost catastrophic to the country I believe the biggest mistake our founding fathers made was establishing the House of Representatives. Democrats or Republicans, they are all a bunch of egotistical buffoons.


jay_cheese 1 year, 3 months ago

Funny the right is pretty much down to discussing their opinions with themselves these days. Sensationalizing mindless whoppers repeatively kind of has that lasting effect....


buffalo63 1 year, 3 months ago

Please explain to me where the jobs are that these "job creaters" supposely created over the past 10 years since their taxes have been low and their profits have been growing? During these same ten years wages have stalled or gone down on the very people that can actually grow jobs by buying the goods and services that companies provide.


Armstrong 1 year, 3 months ago

In 2 months Dobama is going to ask to raise the debit ceiling AGAIN by another 2 trillion. I was shocked the R's were dumb enough to compromise and give into Dobama and his lackies. When will the R's wake up and realize they are dealing with a bunch used used car salesmen who have no business running our country?


bobberboy 1 year, 3 months ago

Goes to show that Roberts & Moran are the only resonable politicians we have here in the State. All the others must be on the take from the koch brothers !


tomatogrower 1 year, 3 months ago

The 2% who are going to pay more taxes are not hurting. They will still be able to feed their kids anything they want, then hire a personal trainer for each kid. They will still be able to have a nanny for each kid, so they only have to deal with the kids when they feel like it. They will still have the money to send them to private boarding schools, so they only have to hobnob with their own kind, and not end up married to a poor person. They will still have plenty of money to send their kids to college to party. Maybe they won't be able to buy that 5th vacation home, but they will just have to swallow their disappointment.

They did quite well during this recession, unlike many. When Bush took us to 2 wars, they invested in the war machine, then they didn't even have help pay for the war. "Oh my, my taxable income was 5 million, after my accountant hid some money and took the deductions out for my show horse, huge "company" SUV, and other fun credits and deductions. Now I am going to have to pay $150,000 more in taxes. Boohoo. My daughter will have to have a $100,000 wedding instead of the $200,000 wedding." Poor rich people.


OonlyBonly 1 year, 3 months ago

Roberts and Moran - time for replacements!


yourworstnightmare 1 year, 3 months ago

Robert's and Moran's comments suggest that a "no" vote would have hurt the economy.

Yoder, Jenkins, Pompeo, and Huelskamp voted to hurt the economy, according to Roberts and Moran.

The internecine wars continue.

Popcorn, anyone?


Kontum1972 1 year, 3 months ago

this is the result of having 3 wars and not jump on a total WAR bleed the coffers and the military industrial complex prospers declare war and wipe the bad guys out....not this weekend warrior crap...and thx Bush the younger you idiot for giving away that SURPLUS we had that Bill Clinton built up for us.....we have never recovered from that mess..that stinking rebate kill us...Bush senior had more brains than the younger.


rockchalk1977 1 year, 3 months ago

Robert Samuelson nails it... the fiscal cliff is a massive failure of presidential leadership. Obama refuses to concede that Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid are driving future spending and deficits.

Congratulations to Reps Jenkins, Yoder, Pompeo, and Huelskamp for voting against this bill. The world knows we are not serious about reducing our debt and thus will stop buying it. Meanwhile, Ben Bernanke can't continue to print money out of thin air so the house of cards will soon collapse. Just say NO to increasing the debt limit and out of control Democrat spending!


Liberty_Uno 1 year, 3 months ago

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Mike Ford 1 year, 3 months ago

I will be calling jenkins this morning and yoder is a chameleon...


Bob_Keeshan 1 year, 3 months ago

Do we still have to pretend Kevin Yoder is a moderate?

He's in lock step with Tim Huelskamp. That tells you all you need to know about Kevin Yoder.


Laus_Deo 1 year, 3 months ago

Wealth creators complain about cutting spending. But, what would the millions of people do without Dobama giving them other peoples money? What would they eat? Where would they live? How could they afford their booze and smokes?

Does anyone think these people would go away and not bother the wealth creators?

The problem is not the money spent.

Nowadays, this is the price to pay to live peacefully.

Dobama. The D is silent.


Ceee 1 year, 3 months ago

So many Republicans are afraid of a primary from the right. I'd like to see Lynn Jenkins challenged from the moderate center, from a Bob Dole type politician who can work with the other side. Any suggestions as to whom that person could be? I am sick of the radical right and long for sanity.


grammaddy 1 year, 3 months ago

Those worried about the next election voted with Obama. Those just elected and not worried,not so much.


kujayhawk7476 1 year, 3 months ago

Jenkins, Yoder, Pompeo, Huelskamp voted "no" because they knew the bill was going to pass even with their objections. By voting "no", they were doing nothing more than political posturing for their next re-election run. They voted for more money for themselves, more power for themselves, not some concern for our country.

We don't have a tax problem in this country, we have a serious spending problem and it will not get better under BHO. He won and will rub Congress' nose it it for more spending.

It is time for serious discussions of term limits, one term, by the people of this country, not by politicians. None of the 537 elected federal officials will ever vote to end their power and money grabs! So sad!


LegendaryBeast 1 year, 3 months ago

Jenkins, Yoder, Pompeo, and Huelskamp are pathetic! They are willing to sacrifice every Kansan's livelihood and send us into recession just to spite the opposing party. Lawmakers need to STOP thinking of themselves as Republican or Democrat, Conservative or Liberal and START thinking of themselves as Americans! We're all on the same team here. Stop working for a political party and start working for a nation!


observant 1 year, 3 months ago

See the Kansas house members are determined to prove how totally ignorant they are. Or could it be that they are scared s#####ss of Grover and/or afraid their financial support from the Kochs will disappear?


question4u 1 year, 3 months ago

Jenkins, Yoder, Pompeo, Huelskamp voted to take us over a fiscal cliff and send us into another recession.

Too many Kansans seem to have a slim grasp of reality. There were real, immediate, and severe consequences that these representatives voted to inflict on all of us. It's truly incredible that anyone could find that praiseworthy.

For most people jumping off a cliff is foolish, and pulling others over with you is deranged. Fortunately, the representatives from Kansas are clearly impotent, and that seems unlikely to change. Kansas simply doesn't matter much to the rest of the country. The further it moves away from America, the less likely it is to have any affect on it.


Charlie Dominguez 1 year, 3 months ago

The US senators showed courage in stepping across the Norquist choke-hold. Didn't expect much from our House members and they didn't prove us wrong. The Democrats need a strong candidate to outspend the Koch brothers and defeat both Yoder and Jenkins. I am willing to pitch in if they can find that candidate.

She isn't tough to beat, just tough to beat the Koch brothers.


Brock Masters 1 year, 3 months ago

Our growing debt and deficit is not sustainable. I doubt we will see real spending cuts that will significantly reduce our debt or deficit. Hence we will continue upon this destructive path until we have failure.


labmonkey 1 year, 3 months ago

I am disappointed in our Senators and proud of our House members... no compromise without spending cuts should have been made.

After the last 24 hours, I am now rooting for Rand Paul in 2016.


Bob Forer 1 year, 3 months ago

Roberts gave similar reasons for his "yes" vote. "While this deal is not the comprehensive solution I was seeking to America's debt crisis, delay or inaction on taxes would have only harmed our economy, damaged retirement savings, and penalized Kansans of all ages," Roberts said..

So in other words, Roberts is suggesting that the "no" votes of Lynn Jenkins, Kevin Yoder, Mike Pompeo, and Tim Huelskamp would have harmed our economy.

For once, I agree with him.


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