Government
11:44 am
Thu October 17, 2013

How Missouri And Kansas Delegates Voted On The Budget Deal

Relief. At the eleventh hour, Congress agreed on a bill to end the government shutdown and avert a default on U.S. debt. It was signed early Thursday morning by President Barack Obama.

Here is how our regional delegation voted on the bill:

Kansas Senate

Pat Roberts (R) - No
Jerry Moran (R) - Yes

Kansas House

Tim Huelskamp (R) - No
Lynn Jenkins (R) - Yes
Kevin Yoder (R) - No
Mike Pompeo (R) – No

Missouri Senate

Roy Blunt (R) - Yes
Claire McCaskill (D) - Yes

Missouri House

Vicky Hartzler (R) - No
Sam Graves (R) - No
Blaine Luetkemeyer (R) - No
Emanuel Cleaver (D) - Yes
Jason Smith (R) - No
Billy Long (R) - No
Ann Wagner (R) - No
Lacy Clay (D) – Yes

The Hutchinson News reports after the vote Kan. Republican Rep. Tim Huelskamp said, "Sometimes I think my Republican colleagues in Washington ought to simply make it official - and adopt the white flag of surrender as their official emblem."

Kan. Republican Rep. Kevin Yoder said Thursday morning he could not in good conscience vote on the bill.

"I was elected to Congress to be a strong voice for fiscal responsibility and to rein in the ever-increasing spending in Washington, D.C.," Yoder said in a statement, "The bill voted on last night does absolutely nothing to solve any of our fiscal problems — it only bought us more time and did so by borrowing more." 

Kan. Republican Rep. Lynn Jenkins released a statement Thursday morning saying that she voted to "get our government back open to prevent any default on our obligations and get people back to work."