U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) prompted a call for action at a Senate committee hearing last week to approve funding for the new National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF).
Moran called for the Department of Homeland Security to approve the land transfer for the project and release the $90 million earmarked for construction of the project near Kansas State University.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano agreed with Moran’s urgency. “I think it’s necessary for the country, and I think it’s time to fish or cut bait,” Napolitano said according to The Topeka Capital-Journal.
Napolitano is eager to release $40 million earmarked for the project’s power plant and wants a meeting with Gov. Brownback or members of the Kansas congressional delegation to discuss future “cost shares” related to NBAF.