Jenkins touts support for NBAF

By The Mercury

Second District Rep. Lynn Jenkins said Wednesday that House leaders remain supportive of funding this year for the National Bio and Agro-defense Facility, which was stricken last week from President Obama’s fiscal 2013 budget.

During a visit to the Fort Riley area at which she reviewed new programs for troops, Jenkins said she had conversed recently with Rep. Harold Rogers, a Kentucky Republican who chairs the House Appropriations Committee. That’s the panel through which NBAF-related spending measures must pass.

“He’s very supportive,” Jenkins said. “He will be instrumental in getting (NBAF funding) in the House bill and fighting for it in the Senate.”

The Congresswoman said getting money through the Senate’s portion of the budget process will be the larger hurdle. She noted that when fiscal 2012 NBAF spending was considered, the House appropriated $75 million, the Senate appropriated $0, and the final figure was $50 million.

Jenkins reiterated her desire to retain Manhattan and Riley County in the Second Congressional district when boundaries are drawn by the Kansas Legislature. Although the Kansas Senate has approved a map moving the county into the First Congressional District, she suggested that locals “don’t get too excited yet.” She noted that Gov. Sam Brownback had gotten legislative leaders to agree on the principle of keeping Manhattan in the Second District, and saw that as a significant step.

The Kansas House is expected to take up the Congressional redistricting effort in the next week.

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