BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Republican candidate and tea party favorite Rob Maness criticizes his opponents in the U.S. Senate race for voting for legislation that continues funding the federal government and supports President Barack Obama's strategy against Islamic state militants.

Maness issued a statement Friday saying Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu and GOP U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy "sold out the people of Louisiana" by voting for the funding bill. He says it gives Obama too much unchecked authority.

The legislation, approved by Congress this week, gives the U.S. military authority authorization to arm and train Syrian rebels fighting Islamic state militants. It also provides funding for the federal government after Sept. 30, ending the threat of a government shutdown. And it continues funding for Obama's health overhaul.

Louisiana's U.S. Senate election is Nov. 4.

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