This is an updated version of a report that first appeared in BRN on July 28.

By Alex Philippidis

The mark-up of a healthcare reform bill by the House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee led one of its subcommittees to postpone a hearing scheduled for Thursday that was to review decisions made by the US Department of Homeland Security that led to the decision to site the $523 million National Bio- and Agro- Defense Facility being in Kansas.

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