Archive for Friday, May 21, 2010

Statehouse Live; Jenkins chides New York congressman over remark

May 21, 2010


— In a flare-up over the proposed National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility in Manhattan, Kan., U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Topeka, said Kansas may not be the Hamptons, but it is definitely not a sinkhole.

Her comment was made Friday in response to a comment made by U.S. Rep. Tim Bishop, D-N.Y., whose district includes the upper income Hamptons on Long Island, and the Plum Island Animal Disease Center.

Under a Department of Homeland Security plan, the Plum Island facility will be sold and replaced by NBAF, which will be a top-level biosecurity lab for research on human and animal diseases. Homeland Security has picked the Kansas State University campus in Manhattan as the site.

Bishop says it doesn’t make sense to decommission Plum Island, adding that the sale of the island will come nowhere near providing the funds to pay for the construction of NBAF.

“Rather than pour hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars down a sinkhole in Kansas and open the Pandora’s Box of decommissioning Plum Island, we should abandon NBAF and make use of existing facilities that continue to serve this nation well,” Bishop said.

Jenkins replied, “The Second District of Kansas may not be the Hamptons and may not have a median income of $62,000 like Congressman Bishop’s home district in New York, but it most definitely is not a sinkhole like the Congressman claims.”

Jenkins defended the Manhattan site for NBAF, saying it was chosen after an exhaustive review and that Kansas has the necessary biosciences expertise to support the facility.

“NBAF is vital to our nation’s animal and human health as well as to our agriculture industry, and I will continue to make it a priority of mine as long as I serve in the House of Representatives,” she said.


Steve Bunch 8 years ago

Jenkins = moron. We don't want Hannibal Lecter in Kansas.

Evan Ridenour 8 years ago

Ya I agree Jenkins is an idiot, why would I want one of our state representatives to work for the benefit of our state? Oh wait...

headdoctor 8 years ago

She lucked out because Bishop had already used the term. All she had to do was copy part of his remark. I am very surprised though that she was able to do that considering I doubt she would be familiar with the various definitions and concepts behind several types of natural occurring holes.

Bob_Keeshan 8 years ago

Did Lynn Jenkins just criticize people for making an average of $62,000 a year?

That seems real consistent with her past statements, particularly about the income tax.

Centerville 8 years ago

I'd rather have Jenkins not giving this pompous Democrat a pass, than have Sibelius making fun of Kansas products while on one of her many junkets.

puddleglum 8 years ago

you mean that oh-so-yummy 'Kansas Wine'? If you have ever had more than one glass of it you are either- A: North Vietnamese torture victim or B: liar

Robert Rauktis 8 years ago

Jenkins is a moron, but a broken clock is right twice a day. Entitled east Long Islanders make Imelda Marcos look shoeless. Absolute boneheads deserving BP drill a well off their beaches, supervised by Sarah "Drill, baby, drill" Palin.

sciencegeek 8 years ago

What do you think will happen next--a four-page glossy mailing about her wondrous remarks, robocalls repeating her wondrous remarks, or both?

emceelean 8 years ago

He didn't refer to Kansas as a sinkhole, rather he related the spending of money for a new facility to a sinkhole. I agree. Although, since there was an "exhaustive search," there must be a reason for the formation of the NBAF. But what is it?

notaubermime 8 years ago

Rep. Bishop was clearly referring to the process of building an entirely new facility as a "sinkhole". I would think that it is correct to think that it would be less costly to refurbish one site, rather than decontaminating one biohazard site, then constructing another with the appropriate safety precautions.

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