Supporters of a planned federal disease lab in Kansas say they'll continue fighting for the project, despite some budget setbacks.
The National Bio and Agro- Defense Facility, or NBAF, is slated to be built near Manhattan. A steering committee appointed by Governor Sam Brownback met today for the first time to review the project.
The committee includes Republican Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins. She's confident construction of the lab will take place.
"I'm optimistic that we're going to keep moving forward and keep it on track and keep it on the time frame that we all had anticipated, but it has proven to be a little heavier lift than what we'd originally planned," Jenkins said.
President Obama did not include additional funding for the project in his 2013 budget proposal earlier this year. But members of the House are trying to secure $75 million more for NBAF.