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Moran and Jenkins join majority in voting to reopen government, raise debt limit

October 16, 2013, 10:09 p.m. Updated October 16, 2013, 11:57 p.m.

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Up against a deadline, Congress passed and sent a waiting President Barack Obama legislation late Wednesday night to avoid a threatened national default and end the 16-day partial government shutdown, the culmination of an epic political drama that placed the U.S. economy at risk.

Obama signed the legislation late Wednesday.

The Senate voted first, a bipartisan 81-18 at midevening. That cleared the way for a final 285-144 vote in the Republican-controlled House about two hours later on the legislation, which hewed strictly to the terms Obama laid down when the twin crises erupted more than three weeks ago.

The legislation would permit the Treasury to borrow normally through Feb. 7 or perhaps a month longer, and fund the government through Jan. 15. More than 2 million federal workers would be paid — those who had remained on the job and those who had been furloughed.

After the Senate approved the measure, Obama hailed the vote and said he would sign it immediately after it reached his desk.

Early during the impasse, Kansas’ all-Republican congressional delegation supported efforts to make funding government contingent on de-funding the Affordable Care Act.

But on Wednesday, the members parted ways on legislation to raise the debt limit and reopen the government.

In the Senate, Jerry Moran voted for the legislation while Pat Roberts, who recently drew a tea party challenger in the 2014 GOP primary, voted against it. The measure passed in the Senate 81-18 with all 52 Democrats, 27 Republicans and two Independents voting for it, and 18 Republicans voting against it.

In the House, U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins of Topeka, whose district includes Lawrence, voted for the legislation, while Reps. Tim Huelskamp of Fowler, Mike Pompeo of Wichita and Kevin Yoder of Overland Park voted against it.

The measure passed in the House 285-144. Jenkins was one of 87 Republicans who voted for it.

After the vote, Jenkins tweeted, “We must have a commonsense conversation to address the failures of the president’s health care law and fix our broken budget process.”

Comments

Jake Esau 1 year, 2 months ago

Good for Jenkins for realizing that the shutdown was not a good way to fight the ACA/ObamaCare. I only wish Yoder had seen it the same way, he comes from a more moderate district. No big surprise that the others voted no though.

Richard Payton 1 year, 2 months ago

So tell me after January the President admits the ACA needs adjusted. Not enough young people have signed up causing the failure. Maybe, that's the President's plan all along so to change to a single payee system?

Richard Heckler 1 year, 2 months ago

If the elections were not not the horizon neither of these two would have voted to move forward.

This unusual republican party is so far right wing. Not only that IF these two are elected again expect no change in their political behavior. The right wing leadership is on record as shutting down Obamacare in the next congress.

What this party has failed to do is get on the bandwagon of putting 11 million people back to work that lost jobs under their watch as a result the Bush/Cheney Home Loan Fraud Scam on America which took down the world economy.

This agenda has not been working for the past 33 years.

--- Why does the GOP Deliberately crash the USA economy? at will? http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/jun/09/did-republicans-deliberately-crash-us-economy

--- This GOP ENTITLEMENT - TABOR is Coming by Grover Norquist = Grab Your Wallets! http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2005/0705rebne.html

--- This GOP ENTITLEMENT - Bailing out The Reagan/Bush Savings and Loan Heist aka home loan scandal sent the economy out the window costing taxpayers many many billions and millions of jobs, loss of retirement plans and loss of medical insurance. http://rationalrevolution0.tripod.com/war/bush_family_and_the_s.htm

--- This GOP ENTITLEMENT Bailing out the Bush/Cheney Home Loan Wall Street Bank Fraud cost consumers $ trillions, millions of jobs, loss of retirement plans and loss of medical insurance. Exactly like the Reagan/Bush home loan scam. Déjà vu can we say. Yep seems to be a pattern. http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2009/0709macewan.html

--- This GOP ENTITLEMENT - Bush/Cheney implied many financial institutions were at risk instead of only 3? One of the biggest lies perpetrated to American citizens. Where did this money go? Why were some banks forced to take bail out money? http://www.democracynow.org/2009/9/10/good_billions_after_bad_one_year

Bob Forer 1 year, 2 months ago

The strategy was bound to fail as long as Obama and the Democrats refused to budge. And they didn't. All that remains from this controversey is a lot of pie on every Republican politicans's face.

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