Today, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act of 2013 (PAHPRA), a bill introduced by Senator Burr to ensure that America is prepared to respond to a wide range of medical and public health emergencies.
"I am proud that the Senate has taken this very important step to strengthen our ability to respond to medical and public health emergencies," Senator Burr said. "The American people must be protected if an attack occurs, and this legislation goes a long way towards strengthening existing programs and ensuring we are better prepared and able to respond to threats facing our nation, whether they are naturally occurring like an epidemic or virus or deliberate like a chemical attack. I hope my colleagues in the House quickly pass this legislation so the President can sign it into law as soon as possible."
This reauthorization legislation strengthens our nation's preparedness for and ability to respond to medical and public health emergencies, optimizes state and local all-hazards preparedness and response efforts and collaboration, enhances medical countermeasure activities, and reauthorizes key medical and public health programs, including the BioShield Special Reserve Fund. Additional information regarding this bill can be found here.
Senators Harkin (D-IA), Enzi (R-WY), Casey (D-PA), Alexander (R-TN), Mikulski (D-MD), Isakson (R-GA), Roberts (R-KS), and Chambliss (R-GA) are original cosponsors of the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act of 2013.