House committee includes NBAF funding in homeland security bill

The proposed National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility to be located in Manhattan, Kansas, took another step towards reality when the House Appropriations Committee included $75 million for its construction as part of fiscal year 2013 homeland security funding.

The Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Bill for Fiscal Year 2013 received broad bipartisan support in the committee and is expected to come before the full House in the coming weeks, according to

The committee also called for the release of $40 million from fiscal year 2011 and $50 million from fiscal year 2012 for the construction of a central utility plant and general construction of a portion of the facility to be built on the north end of Kansas State University, according to

"I am glad the committee recognized the continued important role Kansas must play in the defense of our nation," Representative Kevin Yoder (R-Kansas), the only member of the House Appropriation Committee from Kansas, 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."

Representative Lynn Jenkins (R-Kansas), in whose district the NBAF is to be built, said that the bill also includes a timetable for the project.

"I've said all along that building the NBAF in Manhattan is a national security priority, and I am glad the full Appropriations Committee has agreed and advanced legislation that begins to fund the construction in earnest," Jenkins said, reports. "I look forward to continuing to work closely with House Leadership and the full House to ensure these funds are included in the final legislation."