The Kansas delegation has split on the vote Wednesday night to reopen the federal government.
In a late night vote, Congress approved a bill to end the federal shutdown and raise the debt ceiling.
Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., voted in favor of reopening the federal government, while Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., voted against it.
Three members of the House of Representatives from Kansas, including Rep. Kevin Yoder, R-3rd Dist., voted against reopening the federal government. Also voting against it were Rep. Mike Pompeo and Rep. Tim Huelskamp, both Kansas Republicans.
Voting in favor of reopening the federal government was Rep. Lynn Jenkins, also a Kansas Republican.
Sen. Moran issued this statement about his vote:
“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. Unfortunately, none of that happened.
“The American government should never default on its debt obligations, but unless we find the courage to restrain our country’s out-of-control spending, that’s exactly what will happen.
“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. Without action to begin addressing our staggering debt and deficits, our country will inevitably default in the future because we will no longer have the ability to pay our bills.
“It’s a sad day in America when Washington must choose between economic catastrophe now and economic catastrophe later. A better way does exist, and I pray Washington will muster the discipline to pursue it.”
Sen. Roberts' statement on his vote:
“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.
"Debt limits were put into place to encourage debate and negotiation over out-of-control government spending. This deal breaks with that spirit.
"It is startling that the president continues to deny that there are catastrophic problems with Obamacare. We are going to see more problems pile up, and I see no way out for Kansas families because the problems are so large and systemic. I renew my call on Secretary Sebelius to resign in light of the failures that she repeatedly ignored.
"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.”
Rep. Yoder issued a statement Thursday about his "no" vote:
“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. 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.
“I listen to my constituents every day and I know they want real solutions and economic stability, not another measure that punts on our serious responsibilities for three months. While I was never in favor of the government shutdown, I also believe that putting us in this same exact situation early next year does nothing to solve our problems. We are living in an age where we lurch from crisis to crisis without making any significant down payment on our debt or needed fiscal reforms.
“So we are now back to what is the status quo in Washington – more borrowing, more debt for our children and grandchildren, and no plan to address our spending. This short-term 'fix' only lasts until mid-January, and I am just as concerned as ever about the out-of-control spending in D.C. and Congress’ inability to balance the budget.
“I am both hopeful about our future and committed to working with my Democratic and Republican colleagues on solutions to once again balance the budget, cut spending and pay down the debt.”
Rep. Jenkins released this statement about voting to prevent a default:
“The past couple weeks have demonstrated just how dysfunctional Washington has become. I said from the start, I didn't come to Congress to shut things down; I came here to get things done. The president even said tonight that we cannot go from crisis to crisis in Washington, and I couldn’t agree more. However, the president and the Senate would not come to the table, would not meet us halfway and would not have a conversation to move this country forward. Partisanship was never going to allow that to happen in the context of a government shutdown.
“Historically, divided government has created opportunities for Congress to come together and develop real, bipartisan solutions to some of our nation’s greatest challenges. 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.
“I remain committed to doing everything I can in the days and weeks ahead to encourage my colleagues to put politics aside, sit down, and have a commonsense conversation to address the failures of the president’s healthcare law and fix our broken budget process.”