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Preparedness Bill Awaits President’s Signature

March 8, 2013—The House March 4 voted, 370-28, to approve the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act of 2013 (H.R. 307). The legislation cleared the Senate Feb. 27 by unanimous consent and now awaits the president’s signature.

In a statement regarding its passage, Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), sponsor of the Senate version, said, “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.”

Rep. Mike Rodgers (R-Mich.), who introduced the bill in the House, said he is “proud Congress did its job and worked together to develop a fiscally-responsible, bipartisan plan to protect Americans from a bioterror attack." 

Like its counterpart in the 112th Congress, which stalled after winning House approval, the bill renews and extends several existing preparedness programs [see Washington Highlights, Dec. 21, 2012].


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