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Groups Urge House, Senate to Finalize Preparedness Bill

November 16, 2012—AAMC joined 43 other organizations from various sectors in signing a Nov. 13 letter  urging House and Senate leaders to finalize and pass the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act (S. 1855/H.R. 2405). The legislation would renew and extend existing programs such as the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) and the Hospital Preparedness grant program.

The letter points to the public health needs revealed by Hurricane Sandy as an example of “continuing threats that require an ongoing commitment to health preparedness.” The groups also write that reauthorizing the programs “is an opportunity to build more prepared and resilient communities that are able to weather a storm, contain its impact, and return to normal as quickly as possible.”

Both the House and the Senate have approved legislation reauthorizing the preparedness programs with broad bipartisan support. The House approved its bill Dec. 6, 2011, under suspension of the rules, while the Senate approved by unanimous consent its version of the measure March 7 [see Washington Highlights, March 9].


Tannaz Rasouli
Sr. Director, Public Policy & Strategic Outreach
Telephone: 202-828-0525


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