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House Panel Delivers $75M for Planned Biodefense Lab

A U.S. homeland security funding bill passed by the House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday provides $75 million for the planned National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility in Kansas, the Kansas City Business Journal reported (see GSN, May 9).

The Obama administration had not sought any funds for the biodefense laboratory near the Kansas State University campus in Manhattan that is to supplant an aging animal disease research site on Plum Island, N.Y. The site would support scientific research, the development of medical countermeasures and other efforts against "foreign animal and emerging diseases" that could spread naturally or through acts of terrorism, the Homeland Security Department has said.

“With today’s appropriations bill, we’ve once again affirmed our commitment to protecting our homeland by making sure the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility receives the funding needed to complete construction,” according to Representative Kevin Yoder (R-Kan.), who serves on the Appropriations Committee. “Numerous studies have confirmed Kansas is the safest location for a Biosafety Level 4 facility, and the research completed in Manhattan will ensure our nation remains safe from bioterrorism.”

The House is expected to consider the legislation in short order, the newspaper reported (David Twiddy, Kansas City Business Journal, May 16).

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