Is the tea party stranglehold on Heartland Republicans beginning to weaken?
By STEVE KRASKE
The Kansas City Star
MO-KAN members of Congress on Thursday cast some mighty interesting votes on the much-talked-about bipartisan budget bill.
That is, two members of whats possibly the most conservative House delegation in the nation Im talking about Kansas voted yes to approve the budget.
So did Missouri Republicans Sam Graves, Vicky Hartzler, Blaine Luetkemeyer and Ann Wagner.
The overall vote was 332-94. The bill now goes to the Senate.
In Kansas, Wichita Republican Mike Pompeo and Tim Huelskamp of far western Kansas voted no. So did Springfields Billy Long and southeast Missouris Jason Smith. Both are Republicans.
The votes reflect what Politico called a breakup between House Republicans and big-money conservative groups.
The ramifications of this vote will linger awhile.