Washington, D.C.Congresswoman Elise Stefanik is co-leading the RASPP Act, legislation to direct the Secretary of Health and Human services to clarify the national biodefense strategy and implementation plan that was included in the FY2017 NDAA. In February of this year, the Government Accountability Office released a report outlining several challenges and issues that could limit the long-term implementation of the strategy. Congresswoman Stefanik is co-leading this bill with Congressman Jason Crow (D-CO.)

“The COVID-19 crisis has illuminated the need for a comprehensive and clear biodefense strategy so that our nation is better prepared for future public health threats,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “This bipartisan bill directs the Secretary of HHS to clarify our national prevention strategy for public health issues like COVID-19 and other biodefense threats. Congress must prioritize a whole of government approach to ensure our nation not only has prevention plans, but that there are implementation strategies for these plans in place. I will continue to advocate for a national strategy to fight COVID-19 and other public health threats and to equip our healthcare workers on the front lines.”

“As a soldier, I learned that preparation can mean the difference between life and death on the battlefield. The federal government must take the same approach. This effort will help ensure we take a whole-of-government approach and make necessary changes to improve our country’s biodefense management,” said Congressman Crow.