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Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act Passes the U.S House

Dec. 19, 2012

On December 19, H.R. 6672, the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act (PAHPRA) passed the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 383-16 (click the link to see how your delegation voted). During debate on the bill, ASTHO was specifically mentioned on the House floor by Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ) as a supporter of the legislation and the letter sent to House leaders from ASTHO and other public health partners – the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), the American Public Health Association (APHA), and Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) – was inserted into the Congressional Record. The letter states that “PAHPRA is vital to state and local health and other public health practitioners who are a critical part of any community’s first response to disease outbreaks, emergencies, and acts of terrorism.” Additionally, the letter urges the inclusion of certain provisions essential to keeping communities safe, such as the temporary redeployment of federally funded personnel during a public health emergency, reauthorization of the Public Health and Emergency Preparedness Grants and the Hospital Preparedness Program, and children’s preparedness initiatives.

ASTHO, APHA, NACCHO, and TFAH sent a letter to Senate leaders on December 19 urging swift passage of the House-passed PAHPRA bill before the end of this month. For further information about ASTHO’s work in support of PAHPRA, please contact ASTHO’s Director of Federal Government Relations, Chris Gould.