03.13.13

Bill to Protect Americans From Bioterrorism and Pandemics Becomes Law

H.R. 307 reauthorizes a law authored by Senator Burr in 2006

Today, President Barack Obama signed into law H.R. 307, the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act of 2013 (PAHPRA), a bill championed by Senator Burr to ensure that America is prepared to respond to a wide range of medical and public health emergencies. Senator Burr authored the original law in 2006 and introduced companion legislation in the Senate to the House bill that was signed into law today.

"I am proud that this important bill to strengthen our ability to respond to medical and public health emergencies is now law," Senator Burr said. "The American people must be protected if an attack occurs, and this law will help ensure that we are better prepared to respond to threats facing our nation, whether they are naturally occurring or deliberate attacks."

This law strengthens America's preparedness for and ability to respond to medical and public health emergencies, optimizes state and local all-hazards preparedness and response efforts and collaboration, enhances medical countermeasure activities, and reauthorizes key medical and public health programs, including the BioShield Special Reserve Fund. Additional information regarding PAHPRA can be found here.

Senators Harkin (D-IA), Enzi (R-WY), Casey (D-PA), Alexander (R-TN), Mikulski (D-MD), Isakson (R-GA), Roberts (R-KS), and Chambliss (R-GA) were original cosponsors of the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act of 2013 in the Senate.