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Moran says vote to end shutdown 'right'





U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., admitted Monday at the Hays Rotary Club meeting his vote to end the government shutdown probably wasn't popular with everyone.

"I made the decision that I thought this was the right vote," he said.

But his vote to reopen the government doesn't mean he favors the Affordable Care Act.

"If I could find a way to undo Obamacare, I'd be there," Moran said.

The legislation passed last week to end the shutdown "kicks the can down the road a little longer and fails to address the significant issues that our country faces," he said.

The debt ceiling has been raised until February.

"We have expressed our desire to pay our bills, but we have done nothing to improve our ability to do so," Moran said. "That's what has to happen in the next few months."

The plan to end Obamacare held the government and citizens "hostage until somebody voted to repeal it."

"I don't think President Obama is ever going to sign a piece of legislation that repeals Obamacare, and the Democrats in the Senate are not going to pass a bill that does that," Moran said.

In addition to his other duties, Moran has taken on the role of chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee recruiting candidates and raising resources for the 2014 election.

"The reason that money matters is because television matters," he said.

Candidates "wouldn't raise the money for 30-second commercials if they didn't work."

When asked about the Republican party, Moran said some groups in the party are spending their money attacking others in the party.

"A battle has opened up in the Republican party," he said. "I don't know how to solve that problem."

Moran, who grew up in Plainville and lived in Hays until moving to Manhattan last year, joined the Hays Rotary Club in 1996.

"Only when I got elected to Congress did I qualify to be a Rotarian," he joked.