An expansion of a local federal prison and the relocation of a VA mail order pharmacy were among the topics discussed when U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran hosted a town hall meeting in Lansing.

An expansion of a local federal prison and the relocation of a VA mail order pharmacy were among the topics discussed when U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran hosted a town hall meeting in Lansing.

The meeting took place Monday morning at the Lansing Community Center. The stop was part of a listening tour being conducted by Moran, a Republican senator from Kansas.

During Monday's meeting, Leavenworth Mayor Mark Preisinger expressed concern that a Department of Veterans Affairs Consolidated Mail Outpatient Pharmacy facility may be moved from Leavenworth.

Officials with Department of Veterans Affairs reportedly are looking for a new location for the facility, which employs more than 200 people.

City of Leavenworth officials have complained about the site selection process. They claim the federal government previously had been looking to lease an existing building or for a location where a new building could be constructed to suit the CMOP's needs. But late last year, it was announced that only sites with existing buildings would be considered in the search process. This change eliminates the possibility of a CMOP building being constructed at Leavenworth's new business and technology park.

Two other Leavenworth locations with existing buildings have been submitted for consideration. But city officials worry the facility could move to a neighboring county.

“It's very important to us,” Preisinger said.

Moran said he wants Leavenworth to be treated fairly in the process.

The senator said there may have been a feeling that he did not care where the CMOP is located as long as it remains in Kansas. But Moran said he does not want the facility to be taken away from Leavenworth.

“Now I want it to stay in Kansas,” he said. “But I want it to stay in Leavenworth County.”

Moran also spoke Monday about efforts to obtain funding for the expansion of the U.S. Penitentiary in Leavenworth.

Several years ago, the Federal Bureau of Prisons had an environment impact statement prepared for the construction of an additional prison on the grounds of the USP.

Moran said the Leavenworth prison has had to wait on other locations that were given priority. The senator said he is working to get the funding in phases for the Leavenworth prison.

Moran serves as chairman of the Senate appropriations subcommittee for commerce, justice, science and related agencies. He said this committee handles appropriations for the Bureau of Prisons.

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