Reps. Mike Pompeo, R-Wichita, and Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler, were among the GOP House freshmen who held news conferences this week to demand that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (in photo), D-Nev., pass a current-year budget bill, preferably the House-passed version with $61 billion in domestic spending cuts. “We don’t need senators defending cowboy poets,” Pompeo said — referring to Reid’s recent complaint that the “mean-spirited” House budget would end funding for a Nevada poetry festival. “We need them taking seriously the financial crisis that the 111th Congress left for the folks who came here in January.” Huelskamp counseled Reid: “It’s time to stop stalling.”
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