Sen. Hutchison Delivers $1.75 Million for Galveston in 2008 Defense Bill
WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX), a member of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, today secured $1.75 million for Galveston as the full Appropriations "Stronger training and analysis is the best way to prepare against potential terrorist attacks," Sen. Hutchison said. "These funds will give the University of Texas Medical Branch new resources to protect America from the threat of biological weapons."
The funding provided in this bill will establish a National Biodefense Training Center at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. A Pilot Training Facility with Mock BSL4 laboratory will be constructed and supporting staff and faculty will be hired to operate the lab. The purpose of this facility will be to create and use advanced technologies to assess threats and develop countermeasures in order to better defend our country.