UPDATE - The U.S. House passed the budget bill 332-94
The all-Republican Kansas delegation in the U.S. House of Representatives was evenly split on the budget bill that passed the chamber. Congressmen Mike Pompeo and Tim Huelskamp voted against the bill. Both of them said one reason was because it undoes some of the sequestration cuts that took effect earlier this year. Huelskamp spoke to CNBC before the vote.
Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins supported the agreement because it cuts long-term spending, and she says there would be increases in short-term spending with or without this bill. Jenkins says the legislation also includes more than $400 million for a federal animal disease research facility being constructed in Manhattan. Congressman Kevin Yoder also voted in favor of the the agreement, saying it would secure government spending for two years, avoiding another short-term budget crisis.
The U.S House of Representatives is debating a bipartisan federal budget deal. Some members of the Kansas congressional delegation have already been outspoken against the plan. Republican Senator Pat Roberts and his Kansas primary challenger, Milton Wolf, both blasted the bill. Republican 1st District Representative Tim Huelskamp said on CNN that he doesn’t support the proposal because it doesn’t do enough to cut spending.
Republican 2nd District Representative Lynn Jenkins says she supports the agreement, because it will help avoid another government shutdown and will cut the long-term deficit. She says the bill also includes more than $400 million for a federal animal disease research facility being constructed in Manhattan.
A spokesperson for Representative Mike Pompeo says he’s still studying the bill. Representative Kevin Yoder’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.