can be laid to rest.
Thursday, Roberts was just one of 26 senators opposing the catch-all, $1.1 trillion spending bill. Republican senatorsJerry Moran and Roy Blunt voted yes, as did Sen. Claire McCaskill
, a Democrat.
Roberts was a no vote even though the bill included $404 million for the NBAF project in Manhattan, Kan. Had Roberts’ position prevailed, NBAF would have likely died.
In a statement, Roberts defended his vote against the bill — and the project.
“It gives me no pleasure to vote against a bill that includes an important project into which I have put my heart and soul and many hours of work,” Roberts said.
“But that vote was necessary to send a signal we can no longer afford unchecked spending as usual.”