House Committee on Energy and Commerce Unanimously Passes Bioterrorism Preparedness Bill
Washington, D.C. – Yesterday the House Committee on Energy and Commerce unanimously passed a bipartisan bill to reauthorize critical chemical and bioterrorism preparedness programs. H.R. 2405, the Pandemic All Hazard Preparedness Reauthorization Act of 2011, which was bipartisanly introduced by Rep Mike Rogers (R-MI), Rep. Gene Green (D-TX), and Rep. Sue Myrick (R-NC) has now been reported to the full U.S. House of Representatives for consideration.
“Nearly a decade has passed since 9/11, the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil in history. And while there has not been a successful attack on U.S. soil in the last ten years, our enemies are still working every day to kill innocent Americans,” said Rep. Rogers.
“Thankfully, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce has passed a bill to strengthen federal efforts to stockpile medical countermeasures and protect the public from pandemics, or a chemical or biological attack. I look forward to the House passing it once it reaches the floor for a vote.”
Rep. Sue Myrick, Energy and Commerce Vice Chair and an original cosponsor, added, "Weapons used by terrorists today aren't just bombs and bullets. We have to make sure that the resources are available to rapidly and effectively respond to a biological attack and its aftermath as well. It's the first responsibility of the federal government to protect its citizens, and while I hope we never have to use the resources allocated through this bill, I appreciate the bipartisan support of the Committee for this vital reauthorization."
Rep. Green, another original cosponsor, commented, "Developing and stockpiling medical countermeasures to chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear terrorism agents is essential in this day and age. All of this requires time, resources, and research, all of which will be provided under this bill. I’m glad to see everyone united behind this cause."