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Senate Committee Approves Preparedness Bill

February 15, 2013—The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee Feb. 13 amended and approved by voice vote the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act of 2013 (H.R. 307), approved in the House Jan. 22 [see Washington Highlights, Jan. 25].

Senator Richard Burr (R-N.C.) introduced a Senate version of the legislation, S. 242, on Feb. 7, cosponsored by several members of the committee. During the markup, committee members adopted the text of Sen. Burr’s bill as a substitute for H.R. 307.

HELP Committee Chair Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) released a Feb. 13 statement encouraging the full Senate to pass the bill soon, noting that “[i]ncreased coordination among federal, state, and local governments; consideration of the needs of at-risk individuals including children and people with disabilities; investments in medical countermeasure development and research; and stronger planning efforts will mean we are better prepared to face the public health hazards of the future.”

Both the House and the Senate had approved their respective versions of the measure in the 112th Congress with bipartisan support but were unable to send a compromise bill to the president [see Washington Highlights, Dec. 21, 2012].

Also at the Feb. 13 executive session, Chairman Harkin and Ranking Member Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) announced subcommittee assignments for the 113th Congress.


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