DHS secretary to tour NBAF along with federal and state leaders

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Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, right, accompanied by Vice President Mike Pence, left, speaks during an event to salute U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Aug. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry will host U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen Monday morning on a tour of the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility, currently under construction, and of Kansas State University’s Bio Research Institute next door.

According to a press release from Roberts’ office, he will be joined by U.S. Senator Jerry Moran, Representatives Roger Marshall and Kevin Yoder, and Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer.

The federal and state leaders will be joined by Kansas State University President Richard Myers.

Senator Roberts invited Secretary Nielsen to see NBAF firsthand to ensure the protection of plant and animal health remains a national security priority.

Secretary Nielsen, Governor Colyer and the congressional delegation will be available to the media following the tour. The tour itself is closed to media.

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