Category Archives: U.S. Policy

Sen. McCaskill questions officials over biological threat funding priorities

Claire McCaskill

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) questioned representatives of the Departments of Homeland Security and Health and Human Services (HHS) on Wednesday at a hearing on public health threats about bio-preparedness funding priorities. Rear Adm. Nichole Lurie, the assistant secretary for preparedness … Read More »

House subcommittee to hold hearing on Ebola

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The U.S. House of Representative’s Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations will hold a hearing on Ebola at 10 a.m. on Nov. 18. The featured witnesses will be Rabih Torbay, the senior vice president for … Read More »

Foreign Affairs Committee hearing to review U.S. Ebola effort in Africa

Ed Royce

Rep. Ed Royce (R-Calif.), the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, recently announced that a hearing on U.S. efforts to combat the Ebola epidemic in West Africa will be held at 10 a.m. on Nov. 13. “The Ebola epidemic … Read More »

Obama asks Congress for $6.2 billion to fight Ebola

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The Obama administration asked Congress on Wednesday to approve nearly $6.2 billion in emergency funding to combat the outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa and prevent any further cases in the United States. Many of the front-line agencies … Read More »

Alejandro Mayorkas visits U.K.

Alejandro Mayorkas

Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas visited London on Wednesday to discuss counterterrorism efforts, safety in air travel, and the curbing of illegal immigration and human trafficking with his counterparts in the United Kingdom. Participating in the United States-United … Read More »

Homeland Security Committee to hold biopreparedness hearing in Texas

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The “Ebola in the Homeland: The Importance of Effective International, Federal, State and Local Coordination” hearing will take place in Dallas, Texas, on Oct. 10 and will be hosted by the Homeland Security Committee and Committee Chairman Rep. Michael McCaul … Read More »

King introduces bill to make anthrax vaccine available to first responders

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Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) recently introduced House Resolution 5620, which would require the Secretary of Homeland Security to make anthrax vaccines and antimicrobials available for use by emergency response providers. Also known as the First Responder Anthrax Preparedness Act, the … Read More »

White House responds to threat of antibiotic-resistant bacteria

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Following a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report last year on the top drug-resistant threats to human health, President Barack Obama signed an executive order on Thursday creating a task force to develop a national strategy to combat … Read More »

CDC provides update on safety improvements

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released an update on Friday of its efforts to improve laboratory safety in the wake of multiple high-profile incidents involving pathogens this year. The moves to improve safety were made after the release … Read More »

Secretary Johnson addresses ABA

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Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson spoke about a broad range of issues handled by the Department of Homeland Security on Saturday at the annual American Bar Association Convention in Boston, Mass. Johnson spent the bulk of his address discussing … Read More »

Majority of health security budget dedicated to multiple-hazard, preparedness programs

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Approximately 61 percent of the president’s proposed fiscal year 2015 health security budget is dedicated to multiple-hazard and preparedness programs, according to a study recently published in Biosecurity and Bioterrorism. Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s Center for … Read More »

Ranking House Foreign Affairs Committee members urge congressional involvement on Iran sanctions

Ed Royce

Rep. Ed Royce (R-Calif.), the chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, and Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), the committee’s ranking member, released a letter on Tuesday intended for President Barack Obama regarding sanctions against Iran. The letter noted that … Read More »

House Homeland Security Committee approves eight emergency communications, security bills

The U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security approved on Wednesday eight security and emergency communication bills. The committee unanimously passed the Department of Homeland Security Interoperable Communications Act. It also passed an amendment by Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) that would … Read More »

Lawmakers seek clarification on $5 billion counterterrorism fund

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A proposed $5 billion counterterrorism fund by the White House that would be used to train allied countries to eliminate elements of al-Qaida or organized terrorism came under scrutiny last week by multiple legislators. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), the chairman … Read More »

SIA praises passage of DHS acquisition reform measure

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The Security Industry Association (SIA), a trade association for electronic and physical security solution providers, praised the passage last week of the DHS Acquisition Accountability and Efficiency Act in the House of Representatives. The measure would require changes in DHS … Read More »