Fiscal Year 2014 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill approved by SAC

Sens. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) and Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) announced on Thursday that the Fiscal Year 2014 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill was approved with bipartisan support by the Senate Appropriations Committee.

The bill proposes a $404 million budget for the development of a National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility, which Roberts and Moran said is a critical step for the lab under construction in Manhattan, Kansas.

"It's an objective fact," Roberts said. "The nation needs NBAF. Every delay leaves the American people and the American food supply at greater risk. Another important step toward completion was made today as $404 million for construction of the NBAF made it out of committee and is now on its way to the Senate floor. We need to get this done, and I look forward to broad bipartisan support of the NBAF on the Senate floor."

The facility will include air and water decontamination infrastructure, emerging technologies for handling solid waste on the facility and architectural designs to protect the laboratory against dangerous weather conditions. Research will be transferred from Plum Island Animal Disease Center to the new center upon completion.

"As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I'm committed to making certain NBAF remains a top priority," Moran said. "This bill is good news for Kansas and for the country: it means we're on the way to constructing a modern, world-class facility - a vital component to protect Americans against biological threats. A great aspect for Kansas is that NBAF's construction is yet another opportunity to develop our state as a research epicenter, ultimately creating jobs for Kansans in the fields of engineering, science and technology."

The bill must be passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama before it may come into effect.