An epic budget battle between President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans escalated this week as the White House threatened to veto H.R. 2217.
According to Lawrence-Journal World, the bill would make appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security for the fiscal year starting on Oct. 1. It also contains $404 million for the $1.15 billion National Bio and Agro-Deference Facility (NBAF), which would be built near Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan.
"Unless this bill passes the Congress in the context of an overall budget framework that supports our recovery and enables sufficient investments in education, infrastructure, innovation and national security for our economy to compete in the future, the President’s senior advisors would recommend that he veto H.R. 2217 and any other legislation that implements the House Republican Budget framework,” a White House statement warned earlier this week.
The statement went further, criticizing the bill because for providing only partial funding for NBAF.
“The partial funding provided in the bill will delay construction of NBAF, increase project costs, and leave a significant vulnerability unaddressed,” the statement said. “Long-standing procurement policy prohibits incremental funding because it undermines program stability and runs counter to sound budgeting principles and fiscal discipline.”
Obama’s budget proposal, released in April, included $714 million to build NBAF, which would replace the current facility on Plum Island, N.Y. While some oppose the project, Kansas Senators Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran support the project and were happy to see President Obama behind it. Read more here.