Roberts Campaign Claims Project Roberts Voted to Kill Is Best Example of Roberts’ Work

Roberts Campaign Claims Project Roberts Voted to Kill Is Best Example of Roberts’ Work

Unfortunately For Kansas, They're Probably Right

SHAWNEE, Kan. — On Monday, Senator Roberts' campaign released a new TV ad titled “Results,” attempting to take credit for the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility in an effort to bolster his floundering and increasingly desperate campaign. Unfortunately, for Senator Roberts – as multiple publications across Kansas and nationally pointed out – he actually voted to kill the same project his new ad attempts to take credit for.

In a statement about the ad, Senator Roberts' campaign doubled down on the project, surprisingly claiming that “there is no greater example of [Roberts'] results than the NBAF project.” His comments amount to a stunning admission that after 47 years in Washington Senator Roberts has so little to show for it that the best example of his work is a project he actually voted to kill.

“After 47 years in Washington, Senator Roberts has accomplished so little for Kansas that the only thing he can find to showcase is a project he actually voted to kill,” said Orman for Kansas spokesman Sam Edelen. “Taking credit for something you opposed only makes sense to Washington politicians like Senator Roberts, and voters across Kansas see right through it.”

The Hutchinson News reported yesterday that “One ad describes Roberts’ efforts to bring the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility to Kansas. There is a headline from February 2007, when Roberts addressed the Kansas Legislature and urged support for the bio-lab. Another news headline from 2008 was generated when Kansas came closer to getting the facility. However, there was no mention of Roberts’ vote against a $1.1 trillion appropriations bill in January 2014 that contained $404 million for the bio-lab. Half the Kansas delegation in Congress – Roberts and Reps. Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler/Hutchinson, and Mike Pompeo, R-Wichita – voted against the bill. U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Manhattan, and Reps. Lynn Jenkins, R-Topeka, and Kevin Yoder, R-Overland Park, voted for it. The bill passed the Senate, 86-14, and the House, 332-94.”

According to the Associated Press, had Senator Roberts' position prevailed, it would have killed the NBAF project, and cost Kansas thousands of jobs.

Roberts Campaign Claims Project Roberts Voted to Kill Is Best Example of Roberts’ Work


HEADLINE: “Pat Roberts joins Huelskamp, Pompeo in opposing spending bill and NBAF funding” [Associated Press, 1/16/14]

Roberts Voted to Kill NBAF Project He Now Takes Credit For. Reported the Associated Press, “Roberts was a no vote even though the bill included $404 million for the NBAF project in Manhattan, Kan. Had Roberts’ position prevailed, NBAF would have likely died.” [Associated Press, 1/16/14]

Senator Roberts Released Two Television Commercials Monday That Quickly Came Under Fire For Being Misleading. Reported The Hutchinson News, “One ad describes Roberts’ efforts to bring the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility to Kansas. There is a headline from February 2007, when Roberts addressed the Kansas Legislature and urged support for the bio-lab. Another news headline from 2008 was generated when Kansas came closer to getting the facility. However, there was no mention of Roberts’ vote against a $1.1 trillion appropriations bill in January 2014 that contained $404 million for the bio-lab.” [The Hutchinson News, 9/15/14]

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