Category Archives: U.S. Policy

Ebola response focus of federal budget meeting

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A hearing was held on Wednesday by the U.S. House Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee regarding response efforts to combat the Ebola virus. Top health officials gave testimony on the importance of bolstering the … Read More »

Toxic Exposure Research Act introduced for veteran families

U.S. Rep. Dr. Dan Benishek (R-MI)

U.S. Rep. Dan Benishek (R-MI) joined three other lawmakers on Tuesday in introducing the bicameral, bipartisan Toxic Exposure Research Act of 2015, which supports research of health conditions inherited from a family member who served in the military. Benishek was … Read More »

Boehner says nuclear deal with Iran threatens peace in region, world

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House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) said yesterday that the U.S. deal with Iran on that country’s nuclear program is a direct threat to peace and security of the Middle East and the world. Boehner was responding to President Barack Obama’s … Read More »

Panel: U.S. still has biopreparedness work to do

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In the nearly 14 years since the anthrax attacks, the United States has made progress on how to deal with potential bioterror threats, experts said Wednesday at the Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense. As the Ebola virus continues to … Read More »

Menendez urges Obama to lean on Syria, allies after chemical attack

U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ)

Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), a ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, called on President Obama in a letter on Thursday to respond to reports of a chlorine gas attack earlier this month in Syria. Menendez also called on … Read More »

Armed Services Committee chair releases defense reform

Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX)

Chairman of the Armed Services Committee, Mac Thornberry (R-TX), announced a proposal to reform defense policies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies on Monday. His plan, the Agile Acquisition to Retain Technological Edge Act, would ideally be incorporated … Read More »

House preparedness panel focuses on chemical agents

U.S. Rep. Martha McSally (R-AZ)

U.S. Rep. Martha McSally (R-AZ) held her first meeting last week as chairwoman of the House Emergency Preparedness, Response and Communications Subcommittee. During the hearing, she heard testimony from representatives of local municipalities nationwide and from the Department of Homeland … Read More »

Kirk testifies on chemical threat response

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Mark Kirk, the director of the Office of Health Affairs’ (OHA) Threats Resilience Division’s Chemical Defense Program, on Thursday provided written testimony to the House Committee on Homeland Security on chemical agents and response measures. Kirk opened his testimony recounting … Read More »

Article says U.S. should follow biological weapons ban

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A recent column from Bulletin states that following the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) is in the United States’ best interest for national and international security. This comes in response to another column published by the website that claimed biological weapons … Read More »

FEMA announces mitigation program changes

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) released changes to the Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) Guidance program documentation, the International Association of Emergency Managers reported Thursday. The changes allow for areas to be more streamlined and more efficient within the Hazard … Read More »

ACC praises Chemical Safety Act

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Cal Dooley, president and CEO of the American Chemistry Council (ACC), praised the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act for the 21st Century Act and urged for the legislature to pass it on Tuesday. The bill was introduced by Sens. … Read More »

King, Pascrell urge colleagues to pass the First Responder Anthrax Preparedness Act

Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.)

Reps. Peter King (R-N.Y.) and Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.) called on members of Congress on Monday to direct the secretary of Homeland Security to make anthrax vaccines and antimicrobials available to emergency response providers as part of H.R. 1300, the First … Read More »

Strategic Command hosts ITWAA conference

U.S. Navy Adm. Cecil D. Haney (left), U.S. Strategic Command commander, speaks during an Integrated Tactical Warning and Attack Assessment stakeholder

Representatives from the Department of Defense and the U.S. Strategic Command reviewed the Integrated Tactical Warning and Attack Assessment (ITWAA) during a Nuclear Enterprise Stakeholder’s Conference, they reported Thursday. Adm. Cecil Haney, commander of U.S. Strategic Command, led the forum … Read More »

Johnson praises passage of DHS appropriation bill

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Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Jeh Johson hailed the U.S. House of Representatives for voting to pass a full-year appropriations bill to fund the department on Tuesday. The senate had passed the bill Friday. The bill provides … Read More »

Committee on Foreign Affairs votes to increase North Korean sanctions

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The House Committee on Foreign Affairs voted to approve strengthening sanctions against North Korea on Friday. In light of the hacking attacks against Sony Pictures believed to have been carried out by North Korea, legislation written by Committee Chairman Ed … Read More »