Rep. Mike Rogers makes case for bioterrorism protection bill

In an editorial for Roll Call, Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), chairman of the Intelligence committee, made a case for the H.R. 2405 bill to protect the United States from future bioterrorism attacks.
Rogers writes that in the nearly 10 years since the September 11, 2001, attacks, Congress has made significant progress to prepare the country against a bioterrorism attack. Two major steps have been the creation of Project BioShield, which allows the government to acquire vaccines and treatments during an attack, and the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act, which gave resources to states, hospitals and health departments to improve preparedness efforts, Roll Call reports.
Despite this progress, Rogers writes that to properly strengthen the county's defenses against bioterrorism, more protection is needed.
"That is why I recently introduced H.R. 2405, a bipartisan bill that would help protect the United States against pandemics and attacks from chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear weapons," Rogers writes, according to Roll Call. "My bill would reauthorize critical components of the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act, including BARDA, and the Project BioShield Special Reserve Fund."
Rogers writes that the bill would reaffirm that BioShield SRF money is solely used for medical countermeasures and would strengthen the Food and Drug Administration's role in reviewing medical products for national security priorities. Rogers writes that only by developing more countermeasures and stockpiling them can we be further assured of safety.
"I hope that we never need to use medical countermeasures, but I would like to rest assured that they are available should an attack happen." Rogers writes, according to Roll Call. "As the simple Boy Scout motto goes, it is better to 'always be prepared.'"