Blue Dogs Back Bipartisan Bill to Establish Pandemic Response Commission

April 28, 2020 by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON – The Blue Dog Coalition of House Democrats endorsed a bipartisan bill on Monday that would establish a commission to assess the nation’s readiness to deal with future pandemics.

H.R. 6429, the National Commission on COVID-19 Act, was introduced in the House by Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., the Blue Dogs’ co-chair for Administration.

Her co-sponsor is Rep. John Katko, R-N.Y., co-chair of the Republican Tuesday Group.

The bipartisan National Commission on COVID-19 Act is modeled on the 2002 law establishing the 9/11 Commission, which was enacted in the wake of the 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States.

The 10 members of the COVID-19 Commission, split equally between Democrats and Republicans, would examine the country’s preparation for and response to the COVID-19 pandemic and recommend concrete steps the U.S. should take to ensure a stronger, more effective government response to future pandemics.

Because the COVID-19 crisis is still ongoing, the Commission would not begin its work until early 2021 and would produce a report by March 2022.

“During this public health and economic crisis, our top priority must be to provide immediate assistance to American families and businesses that are suffering,” said Murphy, who helped lead the Defense Department’s response to the avian flu outbreak during President George W. Bush’s administration.

“But we also have a responsibility as leaders to begin laying the groundwork for an in-depth examination of our government’s response to COVID-19 in order to make recommendations that will better prepare our country for future pandemics,” she said.

Rep. Max Rose, D-N.Y., co-chair of the Blue Dog Task Force on National Security, said while it’s important the nation marshal every resource to help beat the virus and ensure a speedy recovery, “we also cannot allow ourselves to ever be caught flat-footed or unprepared for either the next coronavirus wave, or any other pandemic,” he said.

Rep. Kendra Horn, D-Okla., the other co-chair of the Blue Dog Task Force on National Security, agreed saying that as the nation begins to emerge from the current crisis, “we must have a bipartisan plan to ensure that our nation is not caught off-guard by another pandemic, unable to protect our communities.

“Our review of the COVID-19 response must be bipartisan, forward-looking, and equip our nation to respond to future threats. This legislation strengthens our national preparedness and national security, analyzing the COVID-19 response to better prepare our nation for what comes next,” Horn said.

In The News

Health

Voting

Congress

Joe Biden Signs Bill Making Juneteenth A Federal Holiday
In The News
Joe Biden Signs Bill Making Juneteenth A Federal Holiday
June 17, 2021
by Dan McCue

President Joe Biden signed legislation Thursday establishing a new federal holiday commemorating the end of slavery, saying he believes it will go down as one of the greatest honors he has as president. The holiday commemorates African Americans’ freedom from slavery, and has long been observed... Read More

FAFSA Simplification Act Delayed
Education
FAFSA Simplification Act Delayed
June 17, 2021
by Ansley Puckett

WASHINGTON - The Free Application for Federal Student Aid Simplification Act, which will implement changes to simplify the FAFSA application process, has been delayed by a year. On Friday, the Office of Federal Student Aid announced that the act will be fully implemented by the 2024-2025... Read More

Proposed Puerto Rican Statehood Scheduled for a Vote in Congress
Congress
Proposed Puerto Rican Statehood Scheduled for a Vote in Congress
June 17, 2021
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- The chances for Puerto Rico to become the 51st U.S. state never seemed brighter than during a congressional hearing Wednesday, despite opposition from top Republicans. Congress is expected to vote on a bill that proposes Puerto Rican statehood within days. It is supported by... Read More

White House, Congress Aligned on Cybersecurity Goals
Cybersecurity
White House, Congress Aligned on Cybersecurity Goals
June 16, 2021
by Victoria Turner

WASHINGTON - As Congress edges closer to putting a final infrastructure bill on President Joe Biden’s desk, it looks like lawmakers and the White House are aligned in their commitment to bolster U.S. cybersecurity through increased federal investment, focusing on prevention and utilizing public-private partnerships to... Read More

Congress Begins Investigation of Alleged Justice Dept. Abuses
Political News
Congress Begins Investigation of Alleged Justice Dept. Abuses
June 15, 2021
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- A powerful congressional committee is beginning an investigation into reports the Justice Department secretly subpoenaed information about members of Congress and journalists during the Trump administration. The committee’s chairman said he was concerned the Justice Department “used criminal investigations as a pretext to spy... Read More

Rep. Greene Apologizes for Comparing Safety Masks, Holocaust
Congress
Rep. Greene Apologizes for Comparing Safety Masks, Holocaust

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene apologized Monday for affronting people with recent comments comparing the required wearing of safety masks in the House to the horrors of the Holocaust. "I'm truly sorry for offending people with remarks about the Holocaust," the Georgia Republican told... Read More

News From The Well
scroll top