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Short Titles as Introduced

Director of Pandemic and Biodefense Preparedness and Response Act

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Official Titles - House of Representatives

Official Title as Introduced

To establish the Cabinet-level position of Director of Pandemic and Biodefense Preparedness and Response in the executive branch with the responsibility of developing a National Pandemic and Biodefense Preparedness and Response Strategy, to prepare for and coordinate the response to future pandemics, biological attacks, and other major health crises, including coordinating the work of multiple government agencies, and for other purposes.


Actions Overview (1)

Date Actions Overview
04/23/2020Introduced in House

All Actions (7)

Date All Actions
04/24/2020Referred to the Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management.
Action By: Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
04/23/2020Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Transportation and Infrastructure, Armed Services, Foreign Affairs, and Intelligence (Permanent Select), for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
Action By: House of Representatives
04/23/2020Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Transportation and Infrastructure, Armed Services, Foreign Affairs, and Intelligence (Permanent Select), for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
Action By: House of Representatives
04/23/2020Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Transportation and Infrastructure, Armed Services, Foreign Affairs, and Intelligence (Permanent Select), for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
Action By: House of Representatives
04/23/2020Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Transportation and Infrastructure, Armed Services, Foreign Affairs, and Intelligence (Permanent Select), for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
Action By: House of Representatives
04/23/2020Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Transportation and Infrastructure, Armed Services, Foreign Affairs, and Intelligence (Permanent Select), for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
Action By: House of Representatives
04/23/2020Introduced in House
Action By: House of Representatives

Cosponsors (4)

* = Original cosponsor
CosponsorDate Cosponsored
Rep. Scanlon, Mary Gay [D-PA-5]* 04/23/2020
Rep. Norton, Eleanor Holmes [D-DC-At Large]* 04/23/2020
Rep. Jackson Lee, Sheila [D-TX-18]* 04/23/2020
Rep. Foster, Bill [D-IL-11] 05/12/2020

Committees (5)

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Committee / Subcommittee Date Activity Reports
House Energy and Commerce04/23/2020 Referred to
House Transportation and Infrastructure04/23/2020 Referred to
House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management04/24/2020 Referred to
House Armed Services04/23/2020 Referred to
House Foreign Affairs04/23/2020 Referred to
House Intelligence (Permanent Select)04/23/2020 Referred to

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Introduced in House (04/23/2020)

Director of Pandemic and Biodefense Preparedness and Response Act

This bill establishes the position of the Director of Pandemic and Biodefense Preparedness and Response in the executive branch and sets forth the qualifications for and responsibilities of the position. Among other tasks, the director shall

  • advise the President, relevant councils, and others with respect to pandemics and other health threats;
  • oversee the development of a National Pandemic and Biodefense Preparedness and Response Strategy and, in consultation with the Office of Management and Budget, submit biennial reports to Congress on the implementation of the strategy; and
  • plan for and coordinate specified preparedness and response activities.

The director must also (1) identify existing federal agencies charged with elements of pandemic and biodefense preparedness and response, and (2) provide recommendations to Congress for reorganizing such agencies under the Office of the Director of Pandemic and Biodefense Preparedness and Response.

The director may not simultaneously serve as the head of any other agency in the federal government and must be a member of the National Security Council.