By: Gina Luke, assistant director, Governmental Relations Division
This week four U.S. Senators introduced a resolution to recognize the importance that biosecurity and agro-defense have on America’s national and economic security. AVMA applauds U.S. Senators Pat Robert (R-Kansas), Jerry Moran (R-Kansas), Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) and Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) for bringing attention to these important issues.
AVMA has long urged Congress to approve the necessary funding for the construction of a National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF) located in Manhattan, Kansas. The NBAF will bring the nation’s animal disease diagnostic and research capabilities into the 21st century. By constructing this new, state-of-the-art, high-containment facility, researchers will be better equipped to study foreign animals and emerging and zoonotic (transmitted from animals to humans) diseases that threaten U.S. animal agriculture and public health. When built, the NBAF will be the first laboratory in the United States to have a bio-safety level 4 containment, which is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s highest level of bio-safety, for research on high consequence diseases that impact large animals.
Congress and the Department of Homeland Security have taken all the necessary steps to ensure that this facility is the safest and most secure laboratory of its kind. The AVMA urges Congress to move forward with funding this critically important facility so that its construction may begin soon.
Read the full text of S.Res. 47 on GovTrack’s website.