House Passes Legislation Improving Nation’s Public Health Emergency Preparedness; Ros-Lehtinen Says Bill Is Necessary To Counter National Emergencies Such As Current Flu Epidemic
Washington, DC – Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) voted in favor of a bipartisan bill passed today reauthorizing programs for five years that assist the development of measures to counter chemical, biological, radioactive, and nuclear emergencies and disasters. The Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act of 2013 strengthens the nation’s ability to respond to both accidents and attacks, modernizing and optimizing inefficient systems and emergency response measures in the event of a disaster.
“I am pleased that the House came together in a bipartisan way to pass this important bill. As we saw with Hurricane Sandy last year and the ongoing flu epidemic, our nation’s health care system remains vulnerable to disasters. We must give our emergency responders every tool possible to succeed in the event of an attack or accident, which means keeping our preparedness infrastructure efficient and modern.”
Recent reports by the Center for Disease Control show that while the current flu epidemic is slowing overall, the severity of flu cases is rising in some areas and some shortages of flu vaccine continue. In Florida, the flu epidemic has struck particularly hard and many persons have become ill. I am pleased to be able to help pass legislation critical to improving our ability to respond to flu outbreaks, as well as all disasters that threaten both our nation’s physical and economic health.”