The threat of automatic budget cuts on March 1 has caused the Department of Homeland Security to hold back $40 million for a power plant and $50 million for construction at the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility in Manhattan, the Topeka Capital-Journal reported. “I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see them wait and see what happens,” said Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Topeka. “If the sequester kicks in, they’re going to have to reprioritize.” Kansas may also have to increase its investment in the research facility beyond the $140 million that’s been pledged, but the congressional delegation remains optimistic that the facility will be completed. “Maybe Kansas has to put a little more money in that the original plan didn’t call for,” said Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Wichita. “It makes sense for America, not just Kansas. Ultimately, that will drive us to get NBAF constructed.”
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