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Roberts seeks immediate use of law he opposed

Updated: 2014-02-05T19:51:39Z

By DAVE HELLING

The Kansas City Star

On Tuesday, Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas voted against the Farm Bill.

On Wednesday, he wrote the White House, insisting they implement it immediately.

Roberts was one of two dozen senators signing a letter to the administration, asking that it “expedite implementation” of the livestock disaster parts of the law.

“Due to the magnitude of … losses and the urgent need for financial assistance these losses have created, we strongly urge you to place implementation of 2014 Farm Bill livestock disaster programs as a top priority,” the letter says.

The disaster programs will allow livestock producers to collect money from taxpayers to cover losses.

President Barack Obama has said he’ll sign the measure.

Roberts wasn’t the only senator to ask for immediate implementation of a bill he opposed. Sen. Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma and Sen. John Borasso of Wyoming, both Republicans, signed the letter. Both voted against the Farm Bill.

Sens. Claire McCaskill and Roy Blunt of Missouri, and Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas signed the letter as well. Unlike Roberts, though, they voted for the Farm Bill.

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