Kansas Congressman Applauds Road Money Decision

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Washington will steer money for Kansas roads to the state after all.

The U.S. House joined the Senate Thursday in approving a measure to return $8 billion to the Highway Trust Fund.

U.S. Rep. Jerry Moran says Kansas gets roughly $365 million from it each year and was due to lose a third of that funding.

Moran says restoring the money is especially good news for Kansas, since it's a state where people drive longer distances to work and agriculture and manufacturing industries rely on roads to ship goods. Plus, he says Kansas' central location in the nation makes its roads a thoroughfare for the country's commerce. Moran says, from an economic stimulus standpoint, it's a longer-term fix than simply writing individuals $600 checks.

Moran is up for re-election in November. He faces libertarian Jack Warner.