Today is a big day for NEHA and our Government Affairs team as the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act (PAHPA, S.2852), is being discussed and voted on in the Senate Health Education and Pensions Committee.
The original law was created to improve the nation’s public health and medical preparedness and response capabilities for emergencies, whether deliberate, accidental or natural. This year, the bill must be reauthorized as it is scheduled to expire at the end of September. A bipartisan group of Senators have written this bill and are working diligently to pass the reauthorization with Environmental Health in the legislation.
This is huge win for NEHA and especially for NEHA government affairs who has spent the last two years working to get this language into the legislation. We would like to thank Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC), Sen. Robert Casey, Jr. (D-PA), Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) for cosponsoring this important piece of legislation and for their continued support of environmental health.