The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee Thursday approved the Homeland Security Fiscal Year 2014 Appropriations Bill, which includes $404 million for construction of the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility, an amount equal to House approved appropriations language
Sens. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Jerry Moran, R-Kan., said the move marks a critical step forward for the lab, which is currently under construction in Manhattan, Kan.
"Senator Moran, Governor Brownback and I worked hard to ensure this project moves forward," Sen. Roberts said. "Not only is this $404 million a significant investment in the project, it is also proof the appropriators agree with the House and the Administration that this effort is a national security priority."
Sen. Moran said NBAF is "critical" to national security in protecting agriculture and citizens from biological and zoonotic threats
"It's encouraging that both the House and Senate have committed to funding levels of $404 million to make certain construction of the main laboratory begins in tandem with the Central Utility Plant which is already underway," Moran said.
NBAF is intended to replace the Plum Island Animal Disease Center in Long Island, N.Y.
The Senate will now consider the measure.