WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) – member of U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies – today released the following statement after the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a final location for the Economic Research Service (ERS) and the National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA):
“I’ve long advocated that USDA’s ERS and NIFA relocate to the Kansas City metropolitan area, knowing that regardless of what side of the border these facilities would land, it would be a positive development for the regional economy and so many institutions across Kansas and Missouri. I applaud the many entities across Kansas City who have worked to bring these agencies closer to the producers they serve. In addition, I’m committed to working with my colleagues in a bipartisan, bicameral way to secure the resources necessary for USDA to complete this move and to welcome their employees to Kansas City.”
This decision follows the Senate Appropriations Committee’s passage of the FY2020 Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies appropriations bill. Included in this legislation were Sen. Moran-led provisions to fully-fund the relocation of these agencies.
Item to note:
- On May 21, 2019, Sen. Moran led a bipartisan, bicameral delegation of federal lawmakers from Kansas and Missouri in urging Sec. Perdue to select Kansas City area as headquarters for ERS and NIFA.
- On June 13, 2019, USDA announced that ERS and NIFA would relocate to the Kansas City region, following a months-long search process.
- On September 13, 2019, Sen. Moran’s provisions to fully-fund the relocation of ERS and NIFA in the FY2020 Ag Appropriations bill passed the Senate Committee on Appropriations.
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