Kansans in Congress split on spending bill

1/19/2014

LAWRENCE (AP) — Members of the Kansas congressional delegation have split their votes on a federal spending bill that includes $404 million for building the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility in Manhattan.

LAWRENCE (AP) — Members of the Kansas congressional delegation have split their votes on a federal spending bill that includes $404 million for building the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility in Manhattan.

The $404 million was part of the $1.1 trillion appropriations bill to fund federal government operations through the federal fiscal year that ends Sept. 30. The bill passed the House and Senate this week, The Lawrence Journal World reported.

In the Senate, Sen. Jerry Moran voted yes, and Sen. Pat Roberts voted no.

In the House, Reps. Lynn Jenkins, whose district includes Lawrence, and Kevin Yoder, who represents the Kansas City metropolitan area, both voted for the bill. Reps. Tim Huelskamp, whose western Kansas district includes the site of the facility, and Mike Pompeo of the Wichita area, voted against the bill. All six are Republicans.

The facility, which has been on the drawing board for several years, would be built at Kansas State University to replace a facility at Plum Island, N.Y. Its main purpose would be to test and monitor infectious animal-borne diseases and biological threats.

Roberts, who faces a challenger in the Republican primary this year, said he opposed the budget measure because, "the $1.11 trillion bill to fund the government's discretionary spending busted the budget caps we set just a few years ago."

Yoder posted on his Facebook page that he supported the bill because it contains several things important to Kansas, "including restoring full cost of living benefits to our disabled military retirees."

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