Monday, 24 September 2018 15:47

ASM Applauds the PACCARB provision in the House Version of Pandemic and All Hazards Preparedness and Innovation Act

The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) applauds the inclusion of the Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria (PACCARB) provision in the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Advancing Act (PAHPIA).

We urge House members to vote in favor of the bill and encourage swift Senate passage of the bill, including the PACCARB provision.

The inclusion of PACCARB in the legislation will help ensure that it will continue its mission of providing outside expertise to inform federal activities around combating antibiotic-resistant bacteria at home and abroad without having to rely on future executive orders. PACCARB is essential to guarantee that we have a safe and effective antibiotic arsenal at our disposal that can be strategically deployed to humans and/or animals in the event of a natural or deliberate attack on our country. It is essential to the very foundation of PAHPA’s mission, which is to ensure that the U.S. has a nimble, flexible, and fast-acting response to biothreats. We, therefore, applaud the House for retaining their provision to codify PACCARB in the bill they will vote on tomorrow and call on the Senate to include this provision in their final bill.

ASM also thanks the House Energy & Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden, Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Representatives Susan Brooks and Anna Eshoo, the Senate HELP Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander, Ranking Member Patty Murray, and Senators Richard Burr and Robert Casey for their ongoing leadership on the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act (PAHPIA).