Huelskamp, Jenkins at odds on NBAF factor in budget deal

biodefenselabRep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler, who voted “no” last week on the Ryan-Murray budget deal, challenged as “completely inaccurate” the argument that the deal was needed to provide funding for the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility in Manhattan, which is in Huelskamp’s district. “This deal did not include any appropriations. Instead, it was an agreement to increase overall deficit spending by $63 billion over the next two years, but did not identify spending for any specific program, agency or project,” Huelskamp said in a statement, adding that the time to comment on NBAF funding will come with a spending bill next month. But Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Topeka, said of her “yes” vote on the deal: “Passing a budget agreement will have a direct impact on funding for NBAF, period, and to deny that is misleading to Kansans. The only way for NBAF to receive anything close to $404 million is to go through the regular appropriations process, and you absolutely cannot do that without this budget agreement.”