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.