House Passes Delaney Amendment to Defense Appropriations Bill to Protect NBACC in Frederick
WASHINGTON – Congressman John K. Delaney successfully introduced an amendment to the 2018 Defense Appropriations Bill (H.R. 3219) Thursday that prohibits any Department of Defense funds from being used to close a biosafety level 4 laboratory, including the National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center (NBACC) in Frederick, Maryland.
“This straightforward amendment blocks any DOD funds from being used to close a high-level lab like NBACC and I’m proud that there has been such strong bipartisan support for our efforts. Since President Trump released his budget in May that eliminated funding to NBACC, we’ve been fighting back and we’re going to use every tool we have to oppose this incredibly misguided decision,” said Congressman Delaney. “Closing NBACC would not only hurt Frederick, it would also undermine our nation’s biological defense and I remain 100% opposed to its closing, or the closing of any facility like it.”
Earlier this month, Congressman Delaney successfully introduced an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that prohibits any funds being used to close or transfer any biosafety level 4 laboratory, like NBACC, until the heads of the Federal agencies that use the laboratory jointly certify to Congress that the closure or transfer would not have a negative effect on the nation’s biological defense capabilities.