Any doubts that Sen.Pat Roberts
, R-Kan., has moved rapidly to the right to face tea party opponentMilton 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 senatorsJerry Moran
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.”