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Preparedness Legislation Advances With Bipartisan Support

December 21, 2012—The House Dec. 19 approved 383-16, the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act (H.R. 6672). The legislation renews and extends for five years several existing preparedness programs, including the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) and the Hospital Preparedness grant program.

Both the House and the Senate approved their own versions of the legislation earlier in the 112th Congress. The House approved its bill (H.R. 2405) Dec. 6, 2011, while the Senate passed its bill (S. 1855) March 7 [see Washington Highlights, March 9]. In speaking about H.R. 6672 on the House floor, the bill’s lead sponsor, Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), noted that the measure “is a fiscally responsible bill that represents common ground between the bipartisan House- and Senate-passed preparedness bills.”

AAMC joined 43 other organizations on a Nov. 13 letter urging House and Senate leaders to finalize and pass the legislation [see Washington Highlights, Nov. 16].

The Senate now must clear the bill to send it to the president’s desk.


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


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