Legislation that would ensure a safe drinking water supply in south-central Kansas passed the U.S. Senate today.
The legislation extends the authorization of federal funding for the Equus Beds Aquifer Recharge and Recovery Project by 10 years. The aquifer is the primary fresh water source for south-central Kansas and lies under parts of Sedgwick, Harvey, Reno and McPherson Counties.
The Contract Weather Observer Program at Wichita’s Eisenhower National Airport will continue, at least through the fiscal year 2017.
The U.S. Senate approved legislation Tuesday that includes a mandate to prevent the Federal Aviation Administration from terminating the program at 57 airports, including Eisenhower.
The FAA launched a plan about a year ago to eliminate the Contract Weather Observer program at those targeted airports, and move to a system where air traffic controllers would monitor the weather and rely on information from automated sensors.
Republican Congressman Mike Pompeo, from Wichita, is not ruling out a run for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by fellow Republican Jerry Moran.
Pompeo blasted the Kansas senator after Moran called for hearings on a Supreme Court nominee, then changed his mind. As KPR’s Stephen Koranda reports, the harsh words fueled talk that Pompeo might challenge Moran.
Moran changed his position on holding hearings after facing criticism. Pompeo called it a “tardy conversion.”
Kansas Rep. Mike Pompeo on Monday accused fellow Republican U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran of saying one thing in Kansas and another in Washington about filling a vacancy on the Supreme Court, prompting speculation that the House member could be planning a primary challenge against the incumbent senator.
Pompeo repeatedly evaded answering whether he is considering a primary challenge against Moran in a telephone interview with The Associated Press.
"We just never comment on campaign activities that we are engaged in," Pompeo said.
Kansas’ congressional delegation is against President Obama’s plan to close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and transfer remaining detainees to a facility in the U.S.
The president’s proposal does not say specifically where the detainees would go in the U.S. if the plan is approved by Congress. The prison in Leavenworth is one of the 13 existing prisons and military bases under consideration.