Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Kansas Senators Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran were split on their vote on the bill to end the government shutdown.
Moran voted in favor of the bill, while Senator Roberts voted against it. In a statement, Roberts said “We are $17 trillion in debt, and looming mandatory spending obligations threaten to increase our debt exponentially,” Roberts said. “The current shutdown and debt crisis are severe, but if we fail to address government spending, we will be looking at a permanent shutdown. We will be faced with bankruptcy."
Moran, who voted in favor of the bill, still expressed concerns over mounting debt. “I share Kansans’ frustration with Washington’s habit of crisis-to-crisis governing. This latest standoff offered a rare opportunity for Congress and the President to change course, make real reductions in spending, lower federal deficits, and address the unfunded liabilities that threaten U.S. solvency. Unfortunately, none of that happened."
“The American government should never default on its debt obligations, but unless we find the courage to restrain our country’s out-of-control spending, that’s exactly what will happen. This good-faith deal calms fear of default for now, but we must take advantage of the next 90 days to finally work together and get our spending under control." said Moran.