Sen. Jerry Moran visits with students at Hayden High School

TOPEKA, Kan (WIBW) -- U.S. Senator Jerry Moran headed back to Washington D.C. Tuesday for what he said will be a busy couple of weeks.

First, he will attend Wednesday’s funeral for former President George H.W. Bush.

“When I was a summer intern in college age in Washington D.C. I met future President George H.W. Bush. Found him to be gracious, humble, personally interested in me and other young people,” Moran remembered.

In the Senate, debate over funding for President Donald Trump’s border wall continues along with a threatened government shutdown.

“I’m a member of the Appropriation Committee. I certainly oppose a shutdown. Not much good can come from government dysfunction,” Moran said.

However, before all that, the Senator made a stop at Hayden High School.

“It gives me the opportunity to spend time the 16 – 17 year old kids, and make sure I know as best I can what’s going on in their lives,” he said.

Two student ambassadors gave him a tour of the building.

“He can really get to see what our school is like, a private school, which is great for him to make decisions for later,” Caroline Sutter said.

Mack Piles, another student ambassador, said he and the senator talked about a variety of topics.

“He was saying a lot how our input matters and how he wants to make the classroom better for us,” Piles added.

Senator Moran said these conversations are important when he returns to the nation’s capitol.

“The decisions we make in Washington, D.C., will affect these students much more than they will affect adults. The long lasting consequences of policies in Washington D.C.,” he said.