A dispute over whether to build the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility in
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.