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Kansans In Congress Split On Spending Bill

Associated Press - January 18, 2014 11:38 am

A state panel consisting of the Kansas governor and legislative leaders has authorized an additional $231 million in bonds to help pay for the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility under construction near Manhattan.

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.

In the Senate, Sen. Jerry Moran voted yes, and Sen. Pat Roberts voted against the measure. In the House, Reps. Lynn Jenkins and Kevin Yoder voted for the bill. Reps. Tim Huelskamp and Mike Pompeo of the Wichita area, voted against the bill

The facility’s main purpose would be to test and monitor infectious animal-borne diseases and biological threats.

Associated Press information from: Lawrence Journal-World