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5 Kansas stances on the government shutdown solution

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By Travis Perry │ Kansas Watchdog

OSAWATOMIE — The last 16 days have showcased a level of dysfunction specially reserved for inside beltway. But after an extended period of hand-wringing and haggling, Congress reached an eleventh-hour deal to end the 16-day partial government shutdown.

For Kansas’ congressional delegation, the end result was nothing if not a mixed bag.

While Sen. Jerry Moran and Rep. Lynn Jenkins split with their Kansas Republican colleagues last night to support the shutdown solution, almost all used the opportunity to trot out their favorite idioms for victory or defeat — with more than a handful of references to “cans,” “kicks” and “road.”

Color me surprised.

The bill ultimately landed before President Barack Obama following an 81-18 vote in the Senate and 285-144 in the House.

Rep. Lynn Jenkins

Rep. Lynn Jenkins

Rep. Lynn Jenkins

“Historically, divided government has created opportunities for Congress to come together and develop real, bipartisan solutions to some of our nation’s greatest challenges,” Jenkins said. “Unfortunately, this did not happen either. We needed to close that chapter, and open a new one, in order to address our nation’s fiscal problems. 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.”

Rep. Mike Pompeo

Rep. Mike Pompeo

Rep. Mike Pompeo

“Washington has once more kicked the can down the road by raising the limit on the government credit card without dealing with the drivers of our national debt,” Pompeo said. “This means fewer jobs, higher taxes, and ordinary Kansans suffering under the ever-increasing, costly burden of Obamacare that will achieve few, if any, of its goals. Today’s legislation may well have averted the ‘crisis of the moment,’ but it did nothing to avert the much greater crisis that is inevitable with our current rate of spending that we must fix immediately.”

 

 

Rep. Tim Huelskamp

Rep. Tim Huelskamp

Rep. Tim Huelskamp

Sen. Jerry Moran

Sen. Jerry Moran

Sen. Jerry Moran

“I share Kansans’ frustration with Washington’s habit of crisis-to-crisis governing. This latest standoff offered a rare opportunity for Congress and the president to change course, make real reductions in spending, lower federal deficits, and address the unfunded liabilities that threaten U.S. solvency,” Moran said. “Unfortunately, none of that happened. 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.”

 

Sen. Pat Roberts

Sen. Pat Roberts

Sen. Pat Roberts

“We are $17 trillion in debt, and looming mandatory spending obligations threaten to increase our debt exponentially,” Roberts said. “The current shutdown and debt crisis are severe, but if we fail to address government spending, we will be looking at a permanent shutdown. We will be faced with bankruptcy.”

 

Rep. Kevin Yoder did not respond to calls for comment from Kansas Watchdog.

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Travis Perry is an investigative reporter covering news and politics for Watchdog.org's Kansas bureau. Before joining the organization, Travis graduated cum laude from Washburn University and cut his teeth as news editor for the Osawatomie Graphic, where he received numerous awards from the Kansas Press Association.