Senators Romney and Manchin (D-WV) reintroduced the bipartisan Life Budgeting for Opioid Addiction Treatment (LifeBOAT) Act, bipartisan legislation which would establish a stewardship fee to provide and expand access to substance use treatment.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Senator Romney, along with Senators Coons (D-DE), Dr. Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), Klobuchar (D-MN), Cornyn (R-TX), and Blumenthal (D-CT), introduced the bipartisan Platform Accountability and Transparency Act (PATA), a bill that would require social media companies to share more data with the public and researchers.
Senator Romney joined his colleagues in urging the U.S. Department of State to reauthorize the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and address mother-to-child HIV transmission in a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Global AIDS Coordinator and Special Representative for Health Diplomacy Ambassador Dr. John N. Nkengasong.
At a Health Committee hearing, Senator Romney discussed the widespread shortage of health care workers in the United States, which has been exacerbated by an overwhelming backlog of immigration interviews for nurses and doctors overseas—primarily from the Philippines.
Senator Romney joined a bipartisan group of his Senate colleagues in urging the Administration to continue support for the Medicare Advantage program, which provides quality health care to millions of seniors and individuals with disabilities across the United States.
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.
As 2023 begins, Senator Mitt Romney released a report detailing the policy and constituent services highlights from the past year.