Sen. Jerry Moran hosts town hall in ManhattanJuly 15, 2016
Manhattan, Kan. (WIBW) United States Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan) held a town hall meeting at the Manhattan Public Library Friday evening.
Sen. Moran opened the town hall by sharing with the audience of 100 residents his priorities for the Manhattan-Fort Riley community.
Top on his list are the opening of the long awaited new Irwin Army Community Hospital and the economic importance of the National Bio and Agro Defense Facility to the state of Kansas.
Sen. Moran announced the new Fort Riley hospital has now been scheduled to open in October.
“We want to make certain that the resources that are necessary to train and equip those that are serving in our military. We want all the services and facilities to be the best and up to date,” said Moran.
Sen. Moran spoke about the potential of job opportunities created by the opening of the National Bio and Agro Defense Facility in Manhattan to college graduates in Kansas.
“NBAF is important to Manhattan and so important to our state; I want to make certain that students who are interested in science, mathematics, research have opportunities for employment,” said Moran. “We care about Kansas’ economy. We want to see jobs created, we want to see people more secure in their jobs.”
Sen. Moran took comments and questions from Manhattan residents on various national level issues from gun control and boarder security to the global medical initiatives.
“He expressed a lot of interest in global health issues that I brought up today about the global fund and the REACH Act. He also agreed to sign unto the global fund to fight TB, malaria and AIDS, which is a huge step in terms of global health,” said Nick Bouzianis, sophomore at Kansas State University.
Sen. Moran said there’s about a dozen more town hall meetings to attend and estimates completing the tour of 105 counties by early August.
“The issues, the conversations, are in a sense, more patriotic. What are we going to do to make sure our country is a great place for our kids and their grand kids,” said Moran. “It’s a more genuine fear about the direction of our Nation.”