A dispute over whether to build the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility in Manhattan, Kan., is one issue holding up the annual Homeland Security Appropriations bill, according to news stories this week.

The House version of the bill would deny funding to construct the animal-disease monitoring facility until a separate risk assessment of the site is completed by an entity other than the U.S. Homeland Security Department. The Senate version of the legislation would provide construction funds, pending a safety assessment and report from the department.

The other disputed issue delaying the process is the proposed 700-mile Mexican border fence, which would cost an estimated $6.5 million per mile.

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