NBAF Receives Help From Federal Bill

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MANHATTAN, Kan (WIBW) - The National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility in Manhattan received a big boost in funding on Monday.

Under an agreement developed by House and Senate negotiators, $404 million would be contained in a sweeping omnibus appropriations bill. This allocation and previous federal expenditures combined with the state's $200 million commitment equates to about two-thirds of the required total.

"Obviously the state has been a partner and player with their last session appropriation, an additional 200 million toward the facility," said Manhattan City Manager Ron Fehr. "That’s a big component and obviously one that helps us meet that overall cost of the facility."

Additional legislation will be required to complete the federal funding of NBAF which is estimated anywhere from $600 million to $1 billion.

City officials expect the facility to be completed by 2019.