Archive for Thursday, October 17, 2013

After the vote, the political fallout: Moran, Jenkins support bill opening government, raising debt limit

October 17, 2013


The all-Republican Kansas Congressional delegation helped start the federal government shutdown, and on Wednesday two of its six members helped end it, voting to re-open government and lift the debt limit.

On Thursday, the political ramifications of their actions were taking shape.

In the House, U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins, of Topeka, whose district includes Lawrence, voted for the bi-partisan measure to fund government through Jan. 15 and raise the debt ceiling until Feb. 7 while House and Senate budget leaders negotiate a budget.

"I voted today to get our government back open, to prevent any default on our obligations, and get people back to work while our negotiators have a serious conversation about our debt crisis," Jenkins said.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee criticized Jenkins for initially voting to fund government contingent on de-funding the Affordable Care Act, and then refusing for weeks to vote on a Senate-passed government funding resolution that removed the ACA de-funding provision.

"To put it bluntly: Congresswoman Jenkins's reckless shutdown simply made no sense, especially in hindsight. The past three weeks of pain for the people of Kansas could all have been avoided if Congresswoman Jenkins had worked across the aisle in September — or any day since then — instead of engaging in irresponsible brinksmanship," said Emily Bittner of the DCCC.

In the Senate, U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran supported the bi-partisan measure on Wednesday, saying, "This good-faith deal calms fear of default for now, but we must take advantage of the next 90 days to finally work together and get our spending under control."

But Sen. Pat Roberts who faces tea party challenger Milton Wolf in the 2014 GOP primary, was one of 18 Republicans to vote against the bill.

"This deal fails on spending. This deal fails on Obamacare. Future negotiations based on this deal will likely fail as well. We cannot afford to kick the can down the road again," Roberts said.

Early during the impasse, Kansas' congressional delegation supported efforts to de-fund government unless the ACA, sometimes called Obamacare, was de-funded or delayed.

In addition to Roberts, U.S. Reps. Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler, Mike Pompeo, R-Wichita, and Kevin Yoder, R-Overland Park voted against the bill to fund government again and avert a possible federal default.

Before the vote, Huelskamp tweeted, "With this rumored deal Washington Establishment wins, rest of America loses."

Pompeo issued a statement that criticized President Obama and congressional Democrats. "The partial government shutdown is now over, but there is a great deal more work to do. There is nothing to celebrate," he said.


Bruce Bertsch 4 years, 8 months ago

These folks talk about spending and debt crises but their actions have cost the US about 3% in GDP over the past 3 years, not to mention the jobs that would have been created if they had merely done what they eventually did without the extortion.

Bill Cushing 4 years, 8 months ago

So lets look again in 30 days how much progress has been made by our delegation on cutting and passing a budget. Be interesting I suspect.

Cait McKnelly 4 years, 8 months ago

It's good to know that two thirds of the Kansas delegation hates the president more than they love their country. Of course, the current Kansas government doesn't think it's part of the US anyway and holds pretty much the rest of the nation (with the possible exception of Texas) in disdain.

Phil Minkin 4 years, 8 months ago

Roberts is obviously concerned about his Tea Party challenger, so we see this vote on this and his coming out against the nominee for the Federal Reserve. On the other hand, Jenkins understands that Margie Wakefield (Dem.) presents a serious challenge and she has to pretend to be moderate.

Dick Sengpiehl 4 years, 8 months ago

If I were Senator Roberts I would be more concerned about voting the same way that Rep Huleskamp voted than worrying about the Tea Party primary candidate running against him. Huleskamp is the epitomy of what's wrong with our country today. Really an embarassment for Kansans

Richard Heckler 4 years, 8 months ago

For the past few weeks the entire Kansas delegation was voting against Obamacare and the debt ceiling. For those who at the last minute changed their minds are doing nothing but election year politics.

Why do all of the Kansas congress people stand by the Tea Party Faction ever? Because they too have adopted the Tea Party which means they are all party of the ALEC Tea Party Faction which is not healthy for the nation nor Kansas.

The ALEC Right Wing Party is not a lobby; it is not a front group. It is much
more powerful than that.

Through the corporate-funded American Legislative Exchange
Council, global corporations and state politicians vote behind closed doors to
try to rewrite state land federal laws that govern your rights. This is the ALEC Right Wing Party. These so-called "model bills" reach into almost
every area of American life and often directly benefit huge corporations.

In the ALEC Right Wing Party's own words, corporations have "a VOICE and a
VOTE" on specific changes to the law that are then proposed in your state. Workers have no voice.

United States of ALEC – Bill Moyers

ALEC Private Schools - Corporate Education Reformers Plot Next Steps at Secretive Meeting

Knowing more about the enemies to public education, the working class and our communities is important.

Vote Margie Wakefield not lynn jenkins!

Michael LoBurgio 4 years, 8 months ago

Teaparty Timmy Huelskamp always wins with his $1.7 million dollars if federal farm subsidies.

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