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Kansas Projects In Federal Spending Bill

Associated Press - January 14, 2014 10:54 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.

Congress is considering a $1.1 trillion appropriations bill that contains funding for projects in Kansas with implications for the next several decades.

The bill, which has been agreed upon by House and Senate negotiators, contains $404 million for the next round of construction of the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility near Kansas State University in Manhattan. It also contains $219 million for military construction at McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita in advance of the stationing of new KC-46A refueling tankers.

Congress is expected to vote on the appropriations bill by Saturday, but first must pass a continuing resolution to keep the federal government operating until the deal is finished.

The bill contains the spending for several government agencies and is based on a budget agreement reached last month.