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January 16, 2014

Pat Roberts joins Huelskamp, Pompeo in opposing spending bill and NBAF funding

The Kansas Republican defends his vote against the spending bill, which his colleagues overwhelmingly approved.

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Any doubts that Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., has moved rapidly to the right to face tea party opponent Milton Wolf in the GOP primary this August

can be laid to rest.

Thursday, Roberts was just one of 26 senators opposing the catch-all, $1.1 trillion spending bill. Republican senators

Jerry 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.”

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