Senator Burr Applauds Senate Passage of His Bill to Better Prepare Nation for the Threat of Pandemics or Bioterror Attacks

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) issued the following statement on the passage of the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act Reauthorization of 2011 (PAHPA) out of the United States Senate.

"The American people must be protected if an attack occurs, and I am proud that the Senate has taken the critical step of strengthening our ability to respond to medical and public health emergencies by reauthorizing the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act," Senator Burr said. "I am hopeful that we will send this important legislation to reauthorize PAHPA to the President quickly so that he may sign it into law. We have come a long way in improving our nation's ability to respond to a bioterror attack or public health emergency since Congress passed the original PAHPA law in 2006, but the 2009 H1N1 pandemic underscored the reality that more remains to be done. I am pleased that this bill will strengthen our existing medical and public health preparedness and response programs based on the lessons we have learned in recent years, including ensuring that the FDA has the tools it needs to advance the medical countermeasures necessary to respond to modern day threats."

This important bipartisan legislation was introduced by Senators Burr (R-NC), Harkin (D-IA), Enzi (R-WY), and Casey (D-PA) to strengthen and enhance our nation's ability to prepare for and respond to all-hazards that may confront us, whether naturally occurring, like an influenza pandemic, or a deliberate bioterrorism attack. You can read more about it in this press release.