Improve the ability of medical facilities to respond to a surge in patients seeking medical attention.
Develop and maintain a pharmaceutical stockpile that includes medical equipment, medication, and other necessary supplies.
Acquire diagnostic tools in sufficient quantities to protect first responders, their families, immediate victims, and vulnerable populations.
- Not enactedThe President has not signed this bill
- The senate has not voted
Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
- senate Committees
- The house Passed January 31st, 2017Passed by Voice Vote
Committee on Homeland SecurityIntroducedJanuary 11th, 2017
- house Committees
What is House Bill H.R. 437?
Cost of House Bill H.R. 437
- America suffered its largest bioterror attack in 1984, when a series of deliberate salmonella poisonings infected more than 750 people in Oregon.
- In the aftermath of September 11th there were several anthrax attacks that killed five people.
- In 2014, it was discovered that ISIS militants were attempting to weaponize the bubonic plague for use in terror attacks.
- A New York Times story revealed that between 2004 and 2011, U.S. and coalition forces in Iraq located stockpiles of chemical weapons, some of which were located in areas ISIS controlled in 2014.
The Ebola epidemic that has primarily been focused in Western Africa, has led to the infection of health care workers and other people in the U.S. Concerns about the potential of an Ebola outbreak in the U.S. have underscored the difficulty in containing the virus. Suppliers of medical equipment — such as HAZMAT suits — have seen a dramatic increase in sales, and healthcare workers are concerned with a lack of equipment.