Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) voted in favor of the bipartisan bill, a Senate amendment to original House legislation, reauthorizing programs for five years that facilitate the development of measures to counter chemical, biological, radioactive, and nuclear emergencies and disasters.
The Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act of 2013 strengthens the nation's ability to respond to both accidents and attacks, modernizing and optimizing inefficient systems and response measures in the event of a natural or manmade disaster.
Said Ros-Lehtinen, "I am pleased the House and Senate worked together to pass this important bill improving our nation's ability to respond to natural or manmade disasters. In the event of one, it is critical we give our emergency responders every possible tool needed to succeed. I am glad to support legislation that improves our countermeasures and keeps our preparedness infrastructure efficient and modern."