• The final US Defence Authorisation Bill is to have language very similar to the Nunn-Lugar treaty contained within it to be able to deal with the threat of bio terrorism. This would mean that the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction Improvement Act would have more flexibility to meet unexpected threats and to be able to act in countries where certain laws would bar the use of such funds. There is also likely to be a $20 million increase in the $424 million requested for Nunn-Lugar to deal with the bio threat.


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