02.03.05

Burr Named Chairman of Bioterrorism

Preparedness and Public Health Subcommittee

Senator Richard Burr has been named chairman of the Senate's Bioterrorism Preparedness and Public Health Subcommittee. The subcommittee, one of four under the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, has jurisdiction over a wide range of bioterrorism and public health issues including BioShield, the Centers for Disease Control, immunizations, infectious diseases, vaccines and the Ryan White CARE Act.

"As the anthrax and ricin scares showed, preparing for possible bioterror attacks is an important part of the War on Terror," said Senator Burr. "In North Carolina, we've made great strides in our bioterrorism preparedness. The work done in North Carolina in places such as Piedmont-Triad Research Park and Research Triangle Park are examples the entire nation can learn from, and I look forward to highlighting their work."

Burr has scheduled the first Bioterrorism Preparedness and Public Health Subcommittee hearing of the 109th Congress for February 8th. The hearing will focus on the current status and future needs of Bioshield, a law established last year that provides development incentives for new biomedical countermeasures. Specifically, the hearing will deal with the development and availability of effective drugs and vaccines to protect against attacks from chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear weapons.

"I am looking forward to a very productive session with the HELP Committee and am excited to have Senator Richard Burr on board," said Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Mike Enzi. "His service in the House reflects a strong work ethic for the people of North Carolina, which will serve him well as we roll up our sleeves and get to work on a broad range of issues."