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In the filibuster fold, part II


So that's what came around.We noted here Monday [Sen. Pat Roberts' quick repudiation][1] of a Kansas City Star article suggesting the senator had doubts about the "nuclear option" to end Democratic filibustering of President Bush's judicial nominees."What goes around comes around," Roberts said, according to the Star.The next morning, Roberts' office sent out a press release saying he would support Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist's efforts, if necessary, to end judicial filibusters.Now we know what happened.This morning's [Los Angeles Times reports][2] that Roberts was quickly targeted - as other senators have been - by conservative Christian groups that want Bush's nominees approved without compromise.The Times said: "Last weekend, the Family Research Council and American Family Assn. swung into action when the Kansas City Star wrote that Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) was 'expressing doubts' about plans to end the filibuster for judicial nominations."E-mail alerts went around the country, and Monday morning Roberts' office phones were 'ringing off the hook,' said Sarah Little, Roberts' press secretary. 'There are groups out there that are very organized. They called. They faxed. They e-mailed our office.'"The problem was the article had misrepresented his position: Roberts is committed to supporting Frist in curbing the filibuster if it comes to a vote. The next day, Roberts issued a statement explaining his position, and the newspaper ran a correction."The highway bill Roberts and Sen. Sam Brownback took different approaches to the highway bill approved by the Senate on Tuesday.[The Associated Press reports:][3] "The Republican-controlled Senate brushed aside a presidential veto threat Tuesday and passed a $295 billion highway bill, arguing that massive spending on bigger and better roads was necessary to fight congestion and unsafe roadways."Kansas Republican Sens. Pat Roberts and Sam Brownback parted company over the measure, reflecting the disagreement over its price tag."'We just approved the budget not 10 days ago,' said Brownback, who voted against the bill. 'The ink is hardly dry on it and we've already busted it. I've made clear all along that I would not support a bill at that number.'Meanwhile, Roberts praised the bill as 'a critical investment in the way of life for every Kansan.' He said it would create over 95,000 jobs in the state."Under the bill, Kansas would receive $420 million a year, up 31 percent from the last transportation bill."Other links:Dennis Moore links [(Washington Times) Defeat Bush plan first, Pelosi says:][4] House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi yesterday said most Democrats approve leadership's strategy of not having their own Social Security reform plan for now and of focusing on defeating President Bush's plan. ... "Those are exceptions," the California Democrat said of Democrats like Reps. Robert Wexler of Florida and Dennis Moore of Kansas, who have proposed their own Social Security bills and say other Democrats should follow suit and engage Republicans with specifics. Jerry Moran links [(Wichita Business Journal) Moran supports effort to increase aid to rural hospitals:][5] Kansas Congressman Jerry Moran announced Tuesday he's in favor of the Rural Community Hospital Assistance Act, which would improve Medicare payments to small hospitals in rural areas of the country. Moran says the act will improve Kansans' access to health care services by providing small hospitals in rural parts of Kansas with the funding they need. How to contact As always, you can find information to contact members of the Kansas congressional delegation [here.][6] [1]: http://www2.ljworld.com/blogs/kansas_congress/2005/may/16/filibuster/ [2]: http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-lobby18may18,1,2529744.story [3]: http://www.ljworld.com/section/citynews/story/204984 [4]: http://washingtontimes.com/national/20050517-103356-3777r.htm [5]: http://wichita.bizjournals.com/wichita/stories/2005/05/16/daily9.html [6]: http://ljworld.com/extra/where_to_write.html#fed


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