Tim Huelskamp of Kansas has been one of the most vocal tea-party-backed conservatives in the House, but his calls to shrink the size of government didnâ€™t apply when it came to bringing a new Department of Homeland Security lab to his district.
Just as lawmakers used to promote earmarks, Huelskamp and the rest of Kansasâ€™ GOP delegation have touted the potential economic benefits of bringing the animal disease research facility to Kansas.
About $404 million for construction of the lab in Manhattan, Kan., was included in the fiscal 2014 Homeland Security bill (HR 2217) that the House passed this week; Huelskamp and other Kansas Republicans fought back attempts to drop the funding from the bill and keep the veterinary research facility at a site on Long Island, N.Y.
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