N.Y. receives funds to combat biological agents

Western New York will be benefited by more than $11 million in local defense funding to combat biological agents from the Defense Appropriations Bill.

The federal funding was allocated for local projects to ensure the rapid detection of biological agents in the battlefield as well as for the development of helicopters that are faster and more maneuverable. Part of the funds will also go to development of ships and submarines for the U.S. Navy that are electric-only.

“I’m so pleased to have secured more than $11 million for some of the area’s strongest institutions,” Congresswoman Louise M. Slaughter (D-28), Chairwoman of the House Committee on Rules, told Empire State News. “Western New York has a proud tradition of supplying our military with the tools and equipment they need. What is particularly rewarding is the role Roswell Park, CUBRC, and Hauptman-Woodward are playing in providing necessary medical research that is needed to prevent biological dangers in combat and better understand post-wound infections caused by bacteria.”

The bill also includes a pay raise of 4.3 percent for the military and will see payments of an additional $500 paid to troops for each month that their term of service is extended involuntarily by the stop loss practice.

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