Members of a Manhattan delegation conferred with First District Rep. Tim Huelskamp in his Washington office this past week. Eleven government and business leaders met Huelskamp to open a dialogue as Manhattan enters Huelskamp’s district next January.
Representatives said the group discussed many things including the work being done at the airport, the progress being made toward beginning construction at the National Bio- and Agro- Defense Facility (NBAF), and the overall economic growth of the region.
“I appreciate the opportunity to begin an early dialogue with the leaders of what will become the largest city in my district,” Huelskamp said. He termed the city and area “excellent additions to the First District, as Fort Riley will be united with Junction City, where many military families live. He noted the linkage of Kansas State University with the heavily agricultura-focused congressional district . “It makes perfect sense for the same Member of Congress to represent this unified area,” Huelskamp said.
Huelskamp said he assurewthe delegation that the state’s congressional representation “continues to work together to advance the construction of NBAF.” He predicted that with recent release of the congressionally-required National Research Council report, the Obama Administration will release the millions of dollars in funds already appropriated for construction. “The research to be conducted there is critical to our national security, particularly the safety of America’s food supply,” he said.