Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler, will newly represent Manhattan as a result of the federal judges’ redistricting, presumably making him the go-to congressman on matters pertaining to the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility planned for the city. But last week he voted against a Department of Homeland Security appropriations measure that included $75 million for NBAF’s construction. In a statement, Huelskamp said he has been supportive of NBAF but that “when the DHS appropriations bill came to the floor last week, I joined others in the Kansas House delegation in speaking and voting against numerous Democrat defunding amendments that would create further delays for the NBAF project. Fortunately, none of those amendments was adopted. However, because of the inclusion of $5 billion in unpaid-for disaster funding, I did vote against the entire $45 billion appropriations bill.” The president of the Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce told the Manhattan Mercury that Huelskamp is “going to have to demonstrate leadership on the issue.”
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