Congressman Dennis Moore (Kansas – Third District) and Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins (Kansas – Second District) announced Tuesday the passage of a resolution, H.Res. 317, recognizing the region from Manhattan, Kansas, to Columbia, Missouri, as the Kansas City Animal Health Corridor. The resolution passed the House by a vote of 312-108-1.

“I would like to thank my colleague, Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins, and other members of the Kansas and Missouri congressional delegation, for supporting the legislation designating the Kansas City Animal Health Corridor.” Moore said. “This area provides not only scientific innovation in animal sciences, but also the foundation for long-term economic growth in Kansas and Missouri. The biosciences industry will continue to be an academic and technological leader in both states for years to come.”

“At a time when the economy is struggling and unemployment continues to rise, the animal health industry in Kansas and Missouri has been a positive spot of growth,” Jenkins said. “I am proud the House passed this bipartisan resolution to recognize the Animal Health Corridor, and I look forward to working with the regions’ universities and bioscience industry to ensure the region continues to lead the way in animal health both here at home and around the world.”

H. Res 317 is also co-sponsored by Rep. Ike Skelton (Missouri – Fourth District), Rep. Jerry Moran (Kansas – First District), Rep. Sam Graves (Missouri – Sixth District) and Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, II (Missouri – Fifth District).

This bipartisan, bi-state coalition of members expressed their support for passage of H.Res. 317, saying:

Congressman Ike Skelton (Missouri – Fourth District) - “The livestock business is very important to Missouri’s economy and particularly to the Fourth District. It is my hope that the designation of the Kansas City Animal Health Corridor will help to benefit and foster growth for the industry.”

Congressman Jerry Moran (Kansas – First District) - “The animal health industries and universities in the Kansas City Animal Health Corridor provide tremendous advancements in animal science research that benefit agriculture nationwide. The National Bio – and Agro-Defense Facility located in Manhattan will expand this vital research while providing growth opportunities for our economy.”

Congressman Sam Graves (Missouri – Sixth District) – “Passage of this resolution means that Washington recognizes Missouri and Kansas as the leaders in the bio-science industry. Not only are these businesses providing new and innovative research, but they are creating good paying jobs right here in our region. This bi-state and bi-partisan support will only help to attract more businesses and more jobs to our area.”

Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II (Missouri – Fifth District) – "Kansas City Animal Health Corridor is all about leveraging partnerships and the delegation supporting it is a perfect example of the sort of diverse group an idea like this can pull together. I am proud to support the opportunities for high-paying jobs the Corridor represents. This is a great idea done very well."