The House last week advanced a bill (H.R. 269) to reauthorize the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act (PAHPA). It was the third time the House has voted to reauthorize PAHPA since the program’s funding expired Sept. 30, 2018.
The bill includes $385 million in annual funding for the Hospital Preparedness Program and would modernize the regulatory process for over-the-counter drugs to help ensure consumers have better access to medications and treatments. The bill now moves to the Senate for approval.
The association released a statement in support of the House bill and urged the Senate to take swift action to reauthorize the legislation.
Partial Government Shutdown Continues
The partial government shutdown heads into a fourth week as negotiations between the White House and Congress continue with no signs of a breakthrough.
Last week, the House passed legislation that would fund the affected federal agencies, but Senate leadership refused to consider the bill. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has declined to consider any legislation that does not have the president’s support.
Democratic leadership in the House has scheduled additional votes this week in an attempt the end the shutdown. The House will vote on two pieces of legislation to temporarily fund closed government agencies without providing the money President Trump has demanded for a wall on the border with Mexico.