SIGNED INTO LAW: President Signs Pandemic and All Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the President signed into law the Pandemic and All Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act (PAHPA), authored by Reps. Susan W. Brooks (R-IN05) and Anna G. Eshoo (D-CA18), to strengthen the country’s existing preparedness and response programs. PAHPA ensures that our nation is better prepared to respond to a wide range of public health emergencies, whether man-made or occurring through a natural disaster or infectious disease.
“People across the country expect the federal government to be prepared to keep them safe during times of natural disasters or biological, chemical, radiological or nuclear threats to our public health and national security,” said Brooks. “The reality is, these kinds of threats are not just hypothetical. Threats such as Ebola, smallpox or the pandemic influenza can devastate communities, whether occurring naturally or manufactured into weapons of mass destruction by nation states or terrorist organizations. Now that PAHPA has been signed into law, we are one step closer to a safer and more secure future. PAHPA is a critically important bipartisan tool that bolsters America’s response to the growing threats to our public health security and is the product of years of collaboration from medical and public health preparedness and response stakeholders. I am proud to have joined my friend and colleague, Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, to lead this comprehensive bill through the legislative process in the House of Representatives.”
“The Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act improves our national security and public health by equipping our federal agencies to respond to new and emerging bioterrorism and public health threats, including infectious diseases such as Ebola and measles, natural disasters like hurricanes and wildfires, and manmade disasters” Eshoo said. “I’m pleased the president signed this important bill into law, and grateful to Rep. Brooks, Senator Burr, and Senator Casey for working together on this issue.”
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