If you want to know where the public’s anger should really be directed, columnist David Broder wrote, “look at the Tuesday Senate roll call and focus on the 22 Democrats, 23 Republicans and one independent who combined to scuttle what one sponsor has called ‘the last, best hope’ to avert a catastrophe.” These lawmakers, which included Kansas Sens. Pat Roberts and Sam Brownback, blocked a bill to create an independent debt-reduction commission. “These are the men and women who placed politics above the long-term needs of the country and rewarded their own narrow constituencies, rather than serving the national interest,” Broder wrote, adding that he hopes “this vote is remembered in November.” Roberts and Brownback also voted last week against restoring “pay-as-you-go” rules requring lawmakers to pay for spending increases or tax cuts.
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