Today, U.S. Representative Mike Rogers (MI-08), Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and a senior member of the Energy and Commerce Committee praised the passage of essential legislation to protect the future of America's public health preparedness infrastructure.
"I appreciate Chairman Upton and Ranking Member Waxman continued support on this important issue." said Rogers. "This legislation represents common ground between the House and Senate-passed preparedness bills which passed by wide margins last Congress. Given the urgent need to reauthorize our nation's most critical biodefense and preparedness programs, I am hopeful this bipartisan legislation can be quickly passed by the Senate."
The Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act of 2013 (PAHPRA), introduced by U.S. Representative Mike Rogers (R-MI), would reauthorize programs designed to foster the development of chemical, biological, radioactive and nuclear (CBRN) medical countermeasures (MCM) and strengthen the nation's preparedness infrastructure. Reauthorizing these programs would help the nation respond to a CBRN attack.
H.R. 307, the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act of 2013, passed the House of Representatives by a 395 to 29 vote and now goes to the Senate.
You can view U.S. Representative Mike Rogers's floor statement here.
NOTE: You can view the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act of 2012 on the House Rules Committee website here. Similar versions of the legislation were passed by the House (H.R. 2405) on December 7, 2011 and by the Senate (S. 1855) on March 7, 2012 and by the House again (H.R. 6672) on December 19, 2012.