- Oklahoma State University to receive funds to develop National Bio-Security Plan

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), has voted for for the final passage of the Defense Appropriations bill that will send $3 million to Oklahoma State University to assist in developing a National Bio-Security Plan.

The Center for the mitigation of Evolving Threats at Oklahoma State University will utilize the grant to develop the plan, which will enhance overall national chemical and biological threat preparedness by developing a plan to address prevention, preparedness, response and attribution in quarantine and defense.

The National Bio-Security Plan will also include an integrated multi-stage framework, early detection systems, mediation of CB thraet impacts and forensic investigation for criminal prosecution.

Despite voting for the bill - H.R. 3326 - Inhofe express reservations with some of the lack of funding in it.

"I do have disagreements and significant concerns with this bill such as providing even less funds than the President requested, canceling the Army´s ground vehicle portion of its Future Combat System, terminating the F-22 program, and reducing the capability and size of our missile defense system," Inhofe said. "Unfortunately, this bill reflects the beginning of the Obama administration´s long-term overall cuts to our military, shifting wartime costs into the military´s base budget and decreasing overall funding for the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and other locations where our troops are deployed around the world. In addition, the House-Senate conference watered down language related to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to allow the transfer of detainees to the U.S. for trial."