Sens. Blunt, McCaskill praise passage of biosecurity resolution

U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) and Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) praised the passage on Thursday of a resolution that highlighted the importance of biosecurity and agro-defense to U.S. national and economic security.

The resolution stated that the U.S. must not forget the safety, security and health of its livestock and agriculture commodities. It said that research and investment of biosecurity and biosafety should be supported by Congress and vaccines should be advanced against deadly pathogens and emerging zoonotic disease. The resolution closed by stating that biosecurity and agro-defense are achievable U.S. goals in the global war on terrorism.

Blunt and McCaskill joined Sens. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) to introduce the resolution.

"Further development of the Animal Health Corridor in the Kansas City region is the next step in bolstering our nation's biosecurity and agro-defense," Blunt said. "Farm families in Missouri and nationwide understand the severity that these devastating attacks could have on our food supply, the agriculture industry, and our national security."

Blunt said he was pleased the resolution was approved and that he will continue to advocate for further development of the Animal Health Corridor.

McCaskill said she would work with her colleagues to ensure the completion of the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility in Manhattan, Kansas.

"This resolution recognizes just how important biosecurity is to our country's safety, and to the agriculture economy across the United States," McCaskill said. "Strengthening our biosecurity starts with the completion of the facility in Manhattan, Kansas and continues with the further development of the Animal Health Corridor in the Kansas City region."