The controversial construction of a National Agro-Defense Facility in ManhattanKansas faces more challenges following a vote this week in the U.S. House Appropriations Committee. The committee passed a funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security by a wide margin, leaving out $36 million in funding for the facility. The committee, according to reports from several Kansas newspapers, wants additional risk-analysis conducted before moving ahead with construction of the lab, which would house research programs on food and mouth disease and other animal diseases.

U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins a Topeka Republican, was the lone member of the Kansas House delegation to vote against the bill. Quoted in an article in Lawrence Journal-World, she says “I remain confident the Senate will include funding for the NBAF in its DHS funding bill. And I will continue to work with Sens. Pat Roberts and Sam Brownback on this issue. The research that will be conducted at the new NBAF will protect our food supply and is critical to public health in the 21st Century.”