Daily Archives: Feb. 27, 2013

Roberts, Moran on losing side of Hagel filibuster, confirmation

Kansas Sens. Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran were among the 27 lawmakers who were part of a losing attempt Tuesday to filibuster the confirmation of Chuck Hagel (in photo) as defense secretary. The Senate went on to confirm Hagel (with Roberts and Moran voting “no” again). Roberts had said that he didn’t want to filibuster. “It is a choice that could lead to a lot more problems,” he told Politico. The senators also went against the advice of former Kansas Sen. Bob Dole, who endorsed Hagel last week and said his “wisdom and courage make him uniquely qualified to be secretary of defense and lead the men and women of our armed forces.”

Pompeo OK with sequestration

Though he would rather they be distributed differently, U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Wichita, is OK with the automatic spending cuts scheduled to go into effect Friday, he told The Eagle recently. He thinks the federal government, including the military, can withstand the cuts. In fact, he wishes that sequestration, which he called a “home run,” would mandate deeper cuts, the Lawrence Journal-World reported. “That’s why it’s only a home run and not a grand slam,” he said. Responding Tuesday to White House criticism of his comments, Pompeo said that “the sequester is a home run not because it is good politics, but because it begins to put America back on the right fiscal track.”