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Romney Secures Measures to Fill Gaps in Public Health Data, Bolster Utah’s Wastewater Monitoring Technology in Pandemic Preparedness Package

Senator Romney applauded the passage of the bipartisan Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Response Act (PAHPA), which passed today by a vote of 17-3. Romney served as a lead negotiator of PAHPA along with his HELP colleague Senator Casey (D-PA) and Senators Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) and Sanders (I-VT), Ranking Member and Chair of HELP, respectively.

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Romney, Casey Pandemic Preparedness Bill Passed Out of Senate Health Committee

Senators Romney and Casey (D-PA), members of the Senate HELP Committee, applauded the passage of their pandemic preparedness and response bill out of Committee. With lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Response Act strengthens the United States’ ability to address future public health crises by investing in public health programs, promoting public health data and information sharing, strengthening lab security, and pursuing new research.

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Romney, Colleagues Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Strengthen Wastewater Testing Systems for Public Health Emergency Preparedness

Senators Romney, Booker (D-NJ), and King (I-ME) today introduced the bipartisan Public Health Response and Emergency Detection Through Integrated Wastewater Surveillance (PREDICT) Act. This legislation would strengthen and expand the National Wastewater Surveillance System (NWSS), which was initially developed to coordinate and build the United States’ capacity to track the presence of SARS-CoV-2, and other infectious-disease causing pathogens in wastewater, by awarding grants to state, tribal, and local health departments.

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Senate HELP Committee Release Staff Bipartisan Discussion Draft Legislation to Reauthorize the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act

Staffs of Senators Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Ranking Member of the Senate HELP Committee, and Sanders (I-VT), Chair of HELP, along with Senators Romney and Casey (D-PA), today released and are seeking feedback on a staff-level bipartisan discussion draft to reauthorize the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act (PAHPA), legislation that would help prepare the United States for the next public health emergency.

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Romney, Cassidy, McMorris Rodgers, Hudson Call on Biden Administration to Bolster Oversight of Pandemic Research

Senators Romney, member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, and Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), HELP Ranking Member, along with Representatives McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), Chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and Richard Hudson (R-NC), called on the Biden Administration to bolster oversight of research involving dangerous pathogens, which Congress required as part of the PREVENT Pandemics Act.

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Romney Joins Colleagues in Urging HHS To Address Repeated Failures At FDA To Regulate E-Cigarettes

Senator Mitt Romney joined a bipartisan group of colleagues, led by Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), in sending a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra condemning the delays by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to regulate e-cigarettes, failure to enforce the law and take action against companies marketing illegal vaping products, and the harm to children’s health from the agency’s inaction.

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