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Posted on 05/24/2004 8:29:24 PM PDT by neverdem
IT IS EXCEEDINGLY rare these days to find something that the House and the Senate, the Republicans and the Democrats, can all agree on. But after the Senate's final passage of the Project Bioshield bill last week -- by a vote of 99 to 0 -- it seems that there really is near-unanimous, bipartisan support for speeding up development and stockpiling of the vaccines, antidotes and diagnostic devices that could be used to deter or help cope with a biological terrorist attack in the United States. The bill, a version of which was passed by a comparable margin in the House, provides $5.6 billion in funding over the next decade for purchasing vaccines and other medicines. It also streamlines research procedures and in a national emergency allows the government to distribute treatments that have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
Fine. But now that Congress has demonstrated its enthusiasm for biodefense, it's time to get a lot more ambitious. Administration officials such as Tom Ridge, the homeland security secretary, and Tommy Thompson, the health and human services secretary, consistently say that they take the bioterror threat seriously. Yet of the 57 countermeasures that the Defense Science Board listed in 2000 as necessary to protect the country against known bioterror agents, only two are available.
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yeah, because when it comes down to Congress saving their OWN asses, you'll never see a NAY vote. Disgusting.
Isn't this a vote that J. F'n K. missed?
Yeah, he is the one OBVIOUSLY not at work.
But he probably would have voted for it before he voted against it.
Or maybe against it before he voted for it.
The Democrats are very strong on the matter of cleaning up the aftermath that they are hellbent on creating.
Thank you for posting this. I was just telling my husband the other day about the "Are you Ready for Bio Terror Threats" billboards I've seen around the valley here in So. CA: in first English, then Spanish. I'm glad Congress takes some of this seriously, these intelligence estimates of the summer of terror.
I created it before I destroyed it.
Anytime Congress votes unanimously, you know they have just dumped a load of crap on us.
If you're not registered at WaPo because you don't want to, I've assured you can avoid that by using BugMeNot.com
I've assured = I've been assured, i.e. other folks told me it works.
BugMeNot.com didn't seem to work for me.
Thanks for the links.
bugmenot.com worked for me. Thanks for the link.
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