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Surprising (even shocking?) votes from area members of Congress on bipartisan budget bill

Updated: 2013-12-13T04:12:32Z

By STEVE KRASKE

The Kansas City Star

Is the tea party stranglehold on Heartland Republicans beginning to weaken?

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 what’s possibly the most conservative House delegation in the nation — I’m 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 Springfield’s Billy Long and southeast Missouri’s 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.

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