Topeka Gov. Sam Brownback says members of President Barack Obama's administration still support building a new biosecurity lab in Kansas.
Brownback said Thursday that he spoke with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano about the future of the National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility in Manhattan.
The president's budget proposal for 2013 didn't include construction money for the project, though it included $10 million to transfer some research from an aging facility at Plum Island, N.Y., to a Kansas research lab.
Brownback says the state is looking at all alternatives for funding the project and getting it built.
Obama's budget proposals say the $50 million appropriated by Congress toward the $650 million project isn't enough to start construction, and DHS will reassess NBAF this year.