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									Senators Pat Roberts and Sam Brownback just released the statement below.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - December 3, 2008
CONTACT: Sarah Ross Little or Molly Haase (202) 224-4774

Senators Roberts and Brownback Comment on NBAF

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Pat Roberts and U.S. Senator Sam Brownback today said
the following regarding media reporting that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will
indicate Manhattan, Kansas and Kansas State University is its top choice to be the new home of
the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF):

Senator Roberts said, "I remain optimistic regarding media reporting that DHS has selected the
site with the proven merits – Kansas and Kansas State University. I have been working to
establish Kansas as a leader in agriculture, animal health, and biosecurity since 2001. We are
the best location for the NBAF."

Senator Brownback said, "If NBAF comes to Kansas, it is estimated that over a twenty year
period, the facility would have a significant impact on the state’s economy. I have worked
diligently on behalf of Kansas’
proposal at the federal level and am hopeful that Kansas will be NBAF’s new home state."

Kansas put forth an aggressive cost share proposal that will allow the Department of Homeland
Security to accelerate research to protect the American food supply and agriculture economy.

Kansas and Kansas State University offer internationally recognized animal health research
expertise; strong research infrastructure; and an unmatched concentration of animal health
companies.

The state also has a unique understanding of the importance of the NBAF research mission
because of its deep agriculture heritage.

The NBAF will replace the aging Plum Island facility, the federal government’s most secure
location for animal disease research.
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The spokesperson for the Department of Homeland Security is John Verrico, 202-254-2385,
john.verrico@dhs.gov.

								
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