Roberts, Moran stand against funding bill

Both Kansans in the U.S. Senate, Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran, were among the 19 Republicans who voted against ending debate on the short-term funding bill, which then was amended to restore Obamacare funding and sent to the House. On Facebook, Moran said the funding bill “is damaging to our country, our economy, and to the American people” and that “now is the time to defund, dismantle and replace the Affordable Care Act.” House members have been told they will be working over the weekend. At some point lawmakers surely will wish they could reclaim those 21 hours that Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, burned up with his fake filibuster. The truest words of the day may have been spoken by Senate Chaplain Barry C. Black, who opened Friday’s proceedings by praying to “keep us from shackling ourselves with the chains of dysfunction” and also said: “Lord, deliver us from governing by crisis, empowering us to be responsible stewards of your bounty.”