President Barack Obama’s new budget recommends spending an additional $300 million on the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility in Manhattan, Kan.
Congressional approval of the request would complete federal financing for the facility, where scientists will study diseases and pathogens that pose a threat to livestock and public health.
The overall cost to taxpayers will exceed $1 billion. Initial construction is underway.
In a combined statement, the Kansas congressional delegation — all Republicans — applauded the White House’s recommendation.
“We will continue to work to make certain NBAF remains a top priority,” the statement said.