House Passes Delaney Amendment to Restore NBACC Funding
WASHINGTON – During floor debate Wednesday evening the House of Representatives passed an amendment authored by Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) to fully fund the National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center (NBACC). Congressman Delaney’s amendment to restore NBACC funding had bipartisan support and was cosponsored by Republican Dan Donovan (NY-11). Congressman Delaney amended H.R. 3354, the appropriations bill for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and other agencies. A vote on final passage of the overall bill is expected Friday.
President Trump’s budget for 2018 had eliminated funding for NBACC. This is the third time this summer Delaney has amended legislation to protect NBACC. In July, Delaney successfully amended the Defense authorization bill and the Department of Defense appropriations bill to protect the facility.
“NBACC and labs like it are essential to our homeland security and the fight against bioterrorism. When we saw that President Trump’s budget zeroed out funding for this facility, we said we were going to fight it every step of the way, and that’s what we’re doing,” said Congressman Delaney. “I’d like to thank Congressman Donovan for his support – this isn’t a partisan cause, it’s about doing what’s right for the country, because these labs should not be eliminated. The passage of this amendment, along with previous measures we’ve passed this summer, sends a strong message to appropriators in both chambers that NBACC should be protected and that NBACC should remain open. This isn’t over and as the funding and appropriations process continues, we’re going to keep working every angle we have.”
The Delaney amendment also restored funding to the Chemical Security Analysis Center (CSAC) and National Urban Security Technology Laboratory (NUSTL), all DHS labs. NBACC is located in Frederick, Maryland and is a one-of-a-kind facility dedicated to defending the nation against biological threats.
Located at Fort Detrick, the National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center supports preparedness planning, intelligence assessments and bio-forensic analysis and is used by multiple agencies. The facility often assists the FBI in investigating bioterrorism and employs over 180 people.