Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act Passes Out of House Committee, Moves on to Full Vote
This year is critical for the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act (PAHPA). The original law was created to improve the nation’s public health and medical preparedness and response capabilities for emergencies, whether deliberate, accidental, or natural. PAHPA needs to be reauthorized this year as it is scheduled to sunset at the end of September.
Last month, a bipartisan group of senators introduced and passed the bill (S 2852) out of the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee. For the first time, the bill specifically mentions environmental health. On Wednesday, a bipartisan group of congressional members introduced and passed HR 6378, a bill that contains identical environmental health language, out of the U.S. Energy and Commerce Committee.
Both bills will now move to be voted on by the full Senate and House of Representatives. Members of Congress on both sides of the aisle have called this bill a "must pass bill” and it is believed to be on track to pass both houses before the end of September.
“In the wake of a public health emergency such as a natural disaster or outbreak of an infectious disease, it is critically important to have access to water and electricity. The Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act of 2018 (HR 6378) is a bipartisan public health and national security effort that will ensure our nation is better prepared to respond to natural disasters, emerging infectious diseases, and chemical, biological, radiological, or nuclear attacks whether from terrorist groups or from nation states. I’d like to thank the National Environmental Health Association for their collaboration as we work to protect our nation’s citizens and prevent loss of life,” stated Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks (R-Indiana, 5th District).
Please call your members of Congress today and ask them to support HR 6378 and S 2852.