Reps. Eshoo, Brooks and Sen. Casey Legislation Signed into Law by President
‘PAHPA’ Combats Biodefense Threats
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the President signed into law the Pandemic and All Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act (PAHPA), authored in the House of Representatives by Reps. Anna G. Eshoo (D-CA18) and Susan W. Brooks (R-IN05) and in the Senate by Senator Bob Casey (D-PA). The law strengthens the country’s existing preparedness and response programs that protect public health and our national security. 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.
“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.”
“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.”
“I am pleased that the President has signed this legislation into law. The number of public health emergencies in recent years – from outbreaks of Zika and Ebola virus and ongoing threats from multidrug-resistant pathogens, to natural disasters such as wildfires and flooding – reminds us on a nearly daily basis of the importance of a strong and well-coordinated public health system,” said Casey. “National leadership and funding that strengthens state and local response is essential to all our safety. The improvements made in this bill are based off of lessons learned and are the crucial next step that must be taken to advance the security of Pennsylvanians and Americans.”
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