House Clears Bill to Help Communities, First Responders, and Innovators Prepare for Public Health Emergencies, Including Flu Outbreaks and Terrorist Attacks
WASHINGTON, DC – The House of Representatives today approved Senate amendments to the bipartisan Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act of 2013, H.R. 307, sponsored by Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI) by a vote of 370-28. The bill, which is now headed to the president’s desk, helps families, local communities, first responders and innovators respond to public health emergencies, including those caused by terrorist attacks, specifically requiring that the special needs of our nation’s children are taken into account. The bill also assists law enforcement, emergency management, and public health officials plan, train and prepare for emergencies.
“This legislation will save lives by improving our ability to quickly respond to a bioterror attack or pandemic outbreak. It was developed after years of careful deliberation between leaders in the House and Senate,” stated Rep. Rogers. “I’m proud Congress did its job and worked together to develop a fiscally-responsible, bipartisan plan to protect Americans from a bioterror attack.”
Click here to watch Chairman Upton's remarks
Click here to watch Rep. Pitts' remarks
To view letters of support from the Alliance for Biosecurity, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Public Health Association, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, National Association of County and City Health Officials, Biotechnology Industry Association, and the Roundtable on Critical Care Policy, please click here.