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Congressman Mike Pompeo officially launched his re-election bid on Monday for Kansas’ 4th District.

As KMUW’s Deborah Shaar reports, the House Republican decided against making a run for the U.S. Senate.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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Congress passed a bill extending the Federal Aviation Administration’s powers and programs through mid-July to give lawmakers time to work on a longer-term aviation policy measure.

The bill now goes to President Obama for his signature. The FAA’s current operating authority was set to expire March 31.

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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.

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Kansas Rep. Mike Pompeo wants to know how much tax revenue is going to the federal Highway Trust Fund from the sale of non-commercial jet fuel. He added an amendment on Thursday to a recent highway bill that would investigate the issue.

Taxes on the sale of non-commercial jet fuel have been diverted to the federal government’s Highway Trust Fund since 2005.

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This story originally aired Thursday during All Things Considered.

Republican Kansas Congressman Mike Pompeo had some pointed questions for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Thursday. The exchange came at hearing focused on the 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya. Pompeo questioned Clinton on her response.

“Why didn’t you fire someone? In Kansas, I get asked constantly, 'Why has no one been held accountable?' Why has no person lost a single paycheck?” Pompeo asked.

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Kansas Rep. Mike Pompeo from Wichita appeared on Sunday's "Meet the Press" to discuss the progress of the committee to investigate the Benghazi attacks. He also more than hinted at a run for speaker of the House.

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