Congressional Budget Office outlines financial impact of First Responder Anthrax Preparedness Act

The U.S. Congressional Budget Office (CBO) stated on Friday that implementing the First Responder Anthrax Preparedness Act would cost approximately $4 million between 2016 and 2020.
The U.S. Congressional Budget Office (CBO) stated on Friday that implementing the First Responder Anthrax Preparedness Act would cost approximately $4 million between 2016 and 2020.

The bill, known as H.R. 13000, would require that vaccines for anthrax from the National Stockpile to those first-response personnel that volunteer to receive them. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHHS) would partner in this measure by dispensing and tracking the vaccines.

The bill was proposed by Rep. Pete King (R-NY) and was introduced on March 4 of this year. It has a total of 48 co-sponsors, including 10 democrats, and it has been moved forward for consideration on both the House and Senate floors as of May 20.

The CBO reports that the bill does not contain intergovernmental or private mandates in line with the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act; it also claims that any budgetary action regarding this bill would not affect state, tribal or local governments.

The CBO states that this bill would not have an impact on direct spending or revenues, so procedures relating to pay-as-you-go methods are not applicable.

If this bill is passed and signed into law, a two-year pilot phase would begin in two different states.

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