Roberts used old-school dealmaking in farm deal


State News

December 28, 2018 - 2:57 PM

U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts is retiring. The race to fill the vacancy is getting heated.

WASHINGTON — Sen. Pat Roberts likes to quote a piece of advice from his mentor, the late U.S. Rep. Keith Sebelius of Kansas: “Smother your enemies with the milk of human kindness and pray it doesn’t curdle.”

It’s a strategy the octogenarian Republican lawmaker used to help pass a farm bill this month with unanimous Democratic support in the Senate — a notable feat in a Congress often gridlocked by partisan squabbles.

To Roberts, a Kansas Republican who first arrived on Capitol Hill as a congressional aide in 1967, this is how the legislative process is supposed to work: Collaborative, collegial, competent.

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