Mich. Rep. Rogers applauds PAHPRA's passing

Michigan Rep. Mike Rogers (Mich.-08), the chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, recently praised the passage of the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act, calling it essential to protecting the future of America's public health preparedness infrastructure.

"With an overwhelming majority of Congress supporting this important legislation, I applaud Chairman Upton, Ranking Member Waxman, Chairman Harkin and Senator Burr for their leadership and bipartisan support of this bill," Rogers said. "This legislation will save lives by improving our ability to quickly respond to a bioterror attack or pandemic outbreak. It was developed after years of careful deliberation between leaders in the House and Senate. I'm proud Congress did its job and worked together to develop a fiscally-responsible, bipartisan plan to protect Americans from a bioterror attack."

Rogers, who is also a senior member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, introduced the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act of 2013 (H.R. 307), which will reauthorize federal programs to develop medical countermeasures against biological, chemical, radioactive and nuclear weapons.

Additionally, PAHPRA will ensure that state and local government, hospitals and other medical providers have the necessary resources to prepare for and respond to pandemic outbreaks or terrorist attacks.

The act passed the House in January and was amended by a unanimous Senate vote at the end of Feb. The final version was passed by the House on March 4 by a vote of 370 to 28. President Barack Obama then signed PAHPRA into law this week.