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BuzzChatter Friday: Republicans lock horns over bipartisan budget agreement

Updated: 2013-12-12T22:08:10Z

By STEVE KRASKE

The Kansas City Star

The hot talk on this Friday morning:

• “Frankly, I just think they’ve lost all credibility.” — House Speaker John Boehner on Thursday lashing out at conservative groups who criticized the bipartisan budget agreement.

Tempers were growing short inside the GOP over how to handle the budget. The issue: Sign off on the agreement and avoid another shutdown during this yuletide season or go to the mat one more time over spending. Boehner, sensing the political nightmare the shutdown was for the GOP last year, opted for the former.

• “Speaker Boehner thinks ‘outside groups’ are the problem? Does he really think the American voters who are involved in the tea party, who got him elected, should not demand accountability of their elected representatives?” — Jenny Beth Martin, co-founder of Tea Party Patriots.

Martin opted for the latter, but she’s also not holding elected office.

• “NBAF (the National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility), which is critical to Kansas and our national security, will receive $404 million with this agreement, but without it, only $17 million, effectively sending NBAF a stop-work notice causing ripple-effects across Kansas. After careful review, this agreement will not solve our massive debt problem, but supporting this agreement, is the only RESPONSIBLE option for the Kansas economy and takes a small step toward getting our fiscal house in order.” — Kansas Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins, a Republican from Topeka, explaining why she backed the plan. The capital letters were in her news release.

You can’t help but wonder how Jenkins would have voted if NBAF was not part of this budget plan. Members of both parties have a problem. They regard spending as good if it’s in their state, but bad if it’s somewhere else.

• “Missouri’s ethics laws don’t always match the will of our voters.” — Missouri Sen. Will Kraus, a Lee’s Summit Republican, explaining why he backs sweeping campaign reform.

Kraus is right. Back in the 1990s, Missouri voters passed — with 74 percent support — strict campaign-donation limits that the U.S. Supreme Court later upheld. But lawmakers chucked those limits five years ago. Voters have been waiting for common-sense reform ever since. They also have to wake up and start pressuring lawmakers to get the changes they seek.

all the things we've done in the three years I've been Speaker have not violated any conservative principles, not once." boehner

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