Emergency preparedness subcommittee holds markup to consider legislation

Rep. Martha McSally (R-AZ) | Courtesy of the U.S. House of Representatives
A markup meeting was held on Thursday by the House Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response and Communication in order to consider three bills.

The three bills are H.R. 1300, the First Responder Anthrax Preparedness Act; H.R. 2200 the Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Intelligence and Information Sharing Act of 2015 and H.R. 2206, the State Wide Interoperable Communication Enhancement Act.

H.R. 1300 was introduced by Rep Peter King (R-NY), and it requires an adequate stockpile of anti-anthrax vaccines and treatment and other forms of antimicrobials for those working in first-response positions and applications. It has been reported that subcommittee chair Rep. Martha McSally (R-AZ) added a substituting amendment that would direct the creation of a pre-event vaccination stockpiling program.

H.R. 2206 was introduced by Rep. Donald Payne (D-NJ); it directs those who receive funding from the State Homeland Security Grant Program to ensure that they maintain and strengthen interoperable communication technology.

H.R. 2200 was introduced by McSally. It establishes that information regarding CBRN weapons and any associated analysis should be shared with all departments and entities within the government that are tasked with homeland security activity. McSally is expected to provide an amendment with a substitution that addresses a number of issues that were not in the original bill.