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Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts says the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal is crucial for farmers wanting access to new and growing markets. But in the midst of the presidential campaign the deal faces an uphill battle.

Speaking on a panel at the Kansas State Fair Saturday, Roberts, who is the Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman, distinguished the TPP from other trade deals. He says the agriculture industry stands to benefit too much for it to be allowed to fail.

Republican Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts says he's offering some advice to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. As Stephen Koranda reports, the goal is giving Trump a leg up on agriculture issues over Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Roberts is chairman of the Agriculture Committee. The Kansas senator says he hasn’t personally met Trump, but he was asked to help the campaign with agricultural issues.

Roberts has been telling them that none of the candidates who ran for president this election have talked enough about things affecting rural areas and agriculture.

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U.S. Senator Pat Roberts took the stage at the Republican National Convention on Monday afternoon. Roberts is the chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee and says rural America is hurting due to overregulation.

Pat Roberts told those in attendance that the Obama administration is making it nearly impossible for farmers and ranchers to do their jobs. He said they feel ruled, not governed, due to overreaching regulation by the federal government.

Roberts praised Donald Trump and his running mate, Indiana Governor Mike Pence.

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Kansas Republican Senator Pat Roberts is painting a bleak picture of the nation's farm economy.

The nomination of President Barack Obama's choice to serve as Army secretary remains blocked by a Kansas senator over administration efforts to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and transfer detainees to the U.S.

Eric Fanning, who has held several jobs in the Pentagon, would be the first openly gay leader of a U.S. military service if confirmed. But Republican Sen. Pat Roberts placed a hold on the nomination last year and refused to relent on Thursday despite pleas from the chairman of the Armed Services Committee, Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona.

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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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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 Sen. Pat Roberts on Wednesday placed a hold on President Barack Obama's nominee for the secretary of the Army to prevent the White House from taking executive action to close Guantanamo Bay and transfer detainees to the United States.

Roberts and the five other Republican lawmakers who make up the congressional delegation from Kansas issued a joint statement, condemning what they said was the Obama administration's refusal to rule out taking executive action to close the prison in Cuba.

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Many Kansans expressed surprise at the November election outcomes for senator and governor.

The polls indicated that Greg Orman would likely defeat Senator Pat Roberts and that Democrat Paul Davis would likely defeat Governor Sam Brownback. The polls were wrong because it is difficult to poll individuals who live in the many rural towns scattered across Kansas.

The election outcome did not surprise me.

Kansas Senator Pat Roberts says he saw signs of progress in fighting against Islamic State militants during his weekend trip to Iraq to visit U.S. troops.

Roberts arrived Thursday night in Kuwait to visit U.S. troops.

On Saturday, Roberts went to the Iraqi capital of Baghdad to meet with Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and his defense and foreign ministers.

Sunday, he was in the Kurdish city of Erbil in northern Iraq.