President Barack Obama's proposed budget sent to Congress Wednesday includes $714 million to build the National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF) near Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan. The $1.15 billion lab would be built by the Department of Homeland Security and would replace the current facility on Plum Island, N.Y.
The NBAF project has come under scrutiny due to cost issues, but supporters believe the lab is critical to our national defense and are now happy to see President Obama behind the project.
The proposal will require additional financial commitments from Kansas. Governor Sam Brownback has indicated he supports the NBAF project and will work with the Kansas legislature to meet the financial commitment.
Kansas has agreed to contribute 20 percent of the cost of construction, and the state has already issued $105 million in bonds and $35 million from the Kansas Bioscience authority.
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