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

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


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.”