Aiming to improve efforts to prevent and respond to an attack by weapons of mass destruction, U.S. Congressmen Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) and Peter T. King (R-NY) have introduced The WMD Prevention and Preparedness Act of 2010. The legislation moves toward the enactment of WMD Commission recommendations.
The bill has been endorsed by both WMD Commission Chair Sen. Bob Graham and Vice-Chair Sen. Jim Talent.
"Moving this bill quickly through the legislative process, and to the President's desk for signature, will be an incredibly important step in improving America's biodefense posture," the two Senators said in a joint statement. "This legislation reaches across many committees and agency jurisdictions. Our years of experience in Congress tell us this bill will require vigorous support from Congressional leadership on both sides of the aisle. We pledge our full support, and will work closely with Congressional leadership, Members, and staff during the legislative process."
"The safety of the American people is paramount and there is no greater threat than an extremist with a weapon of mass destruction," Rep. Dan Lungren (R-CA), ranking member of the Subcommittee on Emerging Threats, Cybersecurity and Science and Technology, said. "I, along with all my colleagues on the Homeland Security Committee, will do everything I can to make sure these weapons do not fall into the hands of people whose only wish is to destroy, maim and disrupt our way of life."