$300M for Kansas bio lab moves through US Senate

U.S. Sens.Jerry Moran, left, and Pat Roberts, center, and Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, right, respond to comments made during a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday, May 28, 2013, on a utility plant for the new federal biosecurity lab in Manhattan, Kan. The $1.2 billion lab will replace an aging facility at Plum Island, N.Y., and conduct research on animal diseases. (AP Photo/John Milburn)
U.S. Sens.Jerry Moran, left, and Pat Roberts, center, and Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, right, respond to comments made during a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday, May 28, 2013, on a utility plant for the new federal biosecurity lab in Manhattan, Kan. The $1.2 billion lab will replace an aging facility at Plum Island, N.Y., and conduct research on animal diseases. (AP Photo/John Milburn)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A U.S. Senate subcommittee has endorsed a spending bill that would authorize $300 million for the construction of a new national bioscience lab at Kansas State University.

In a joint news release Tuesday, Republican Sens. Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran say the money for the National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility was approved by Senate Homeland Security Subcommittee on Appropriations. The bill awaits a vote by the full Senate. A similar amount is pending in a bill before the U.S. House.

The $1.25 billion lab is designed to conduct research on large animals and related diseases, replacing an aging facility at Plum Island, New York.

Roberts and Moran say the funding is equal to the amount sought by President Barack Obama in his budget.

 

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