NBAF pits Obama vs. House Republicans in budget battle

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NBAF 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.”

Read, “NBAF at center of budget fight between Obama and House Republicans.”

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.

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South Dakota  |  June, 06, 2013 at 04:05 PM

How stupid can you get to put a facility like that in the tornado belt after what we have just seen happen down there?? It makes no sense at all!!

Nebraska  |  June, 06, 2013 at 10:58 PM

Greed and stupidity, pure and simple is the only thing that is happening here! Common sense says this facility should never be built. It is sad when politicians that should know better sell their souls for something like this. How do you figure that it would cost more to upgrade Plum Island than build this complete new facility? To put the beef industry in this compromised situation is irresponsible. Shame on the Kansas legislators who are behind this. I'll bet if you followed the money you would not be surprised at who is putting it in their pockets.