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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) and Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) today announced the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security approved the Homeland Security Fiscal Year 2014 Appropriations Bill, which includes $404 million for construction of the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF), an amount equal to House approved appropriations language and a critical step forward for the lab 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.”

“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,” Sen. Moran said. “NBAF is critical to our national security in protecting our agriculture, economy and citizens from biological and zoonotic threats, and I’m pleased we’ve prioritized this investment.”

The legislation now goes before the full Senate Appropriations Committee for consideration on Thursday, July 18, 2013.