07.21.05

Burr Holds Roundtable on Public Health Response to Bioterrorism

Senators Hatch, Lieberman and Schumer participate

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Richard Burr, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Bioterrorism and Public Health Preparedness, today held a second formal roundtable to investigate the measures necessary to respond to a bioterrorism outbreak. The roundtable, entitled "Preparing a National Biodefense: S.975," explored existing legislation in an effort to build bipartisan comprehensive bioterrorism legislation.

"As the Senate moves to improve Bioshield, we must work to build a consensus on how to develop the necessary countermeasures to meet future biodefense needs," said Senator Burr. "I look forward to continuing to work with Senators Hatch, Lieberman and Schumer, as well as Majority Leader Frist and Chairman Enzi, to build bipartisan bioterrorism legislation in the coming weeks."

Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Joseph Lieberman (D-CT) and Charles Schumer (D-NY) participated in the roundtable to offer their perspective on current Bioshield laws and proposed bioterrorism legislation.