WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) – chairman of the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance, and Data Security – released the following statement after Sprint Corp. and T-Mobile US Inc. agreed to combine in a $26.5 billion merger:

"Sprint has been a vital source of economic development and jobs in the Kansas City area for many years, and I urge the new company's leadership from the recently announced merger with T-Mobile to continue growing and innovating in Kansas. As the Chairman of the Commerce Subcommittee with jurisdiction over the welfare of consumers, including enforcement of certain mergers and acquisitions, I plan to closely monitor developments beyond this announcement. As the nation seeks to continue its mission of closing the Digital Divide by bringing high-speed broadband access to rural America, I look forward to seeing Kansas maintain its leadership role as a telecommunications and technology destination for industry and workforce."