Washington A bill allocating $32 million for a new biothreat lab to be constructed in Kansas has won House approval.
By a vote Thursday of 307-114, the bill goes to the Senate.
The money was included in a homeland security appropriations bill. Of the amount, $27 million would be spent on design and planning for the National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility to be constructed in Manhattan, Kan. The remaining $5 million will be used for construction of the lab, but only after additional safety studies are complete.
Critics of the lab are concerned about the risk of transferring research on foot-and-mouth disease from a facility at Plum Island, N.Y., to the mainland. Supporters say safety features of the lab will protect humans and livestock from exposure.