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Obama signs budget

Measure moves NBAF funding forward

By The Mercury

We’re one step closer to NBAF.

President Barack Obama this week signed into law a two-year joint budget resolution that approves $404 million for the National Bio and Agro Defense Facility to be built in Manhattan.

The budget does not guarantee that NBAF will be funded, but it establishes a total spending amount that Congressional leaders can use. Funding for individual projects like NBAF must be meted out through House and Senate appropriations committees.

The biosecurity lab, which will study infectious animal diseases, has a total pricetag of $1.15 billion. The federal government already has contributed $80 million for NBAF’s central utilities plant, currently under construction, and $18 million for site preparation. In addition the state Legislature has approved $202 million for the project.

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