(Washington, DC) - - U.S. Representative Chet Edwards has secured $3.3 million for defense research at Lynntech Incorporated in Brazos County under the 2008 Defense Appropriations bill, which passed the House Appropriations Committee Wednesday. This funding will be used to develop products to keep our military personnel safe from chemical and biological threats on the battlefield.
"I am pleased my request for these vital funds was approved by the Appropriations Committee," said Rep. Edwards. "This research has the potential to help protect our soldiers from chemical and biological attacks, enhance homeland security efforts, and bring many new jobs to Brazos County that will strengthen the local economy."
"The funding secured by Rep. Edwards will have a significant economic impact for Brazos County and create 'high tech, high skilled' jobs in Bryan/College Station, Texas," said Lynntech's President Oliver Murphy, "Many of these jobs will require advanced degrees that will pay well above average wage in the county and will aid in retaining graduates of Texas A&M University and Blinn Community College in the Research Valley."
The $3.3 million will be used primarily to develop a new class of chemical and biological threat detection systems. The research will also be benefit homeland security civil response teams seeking to detect and clear areas contaminated by chemical and biological agents with an automated, hand-held, chemical/biological sampling and detection product.
The bill must still pass the House and Senate, and be signed by the President.
"I will continue to work hard in the months ahead in support of this locally initiated project," concluded Edwards.