Connolly, Chabot Global Health Security Act Passes Committee
Yesterday, the House Foreign Affairs Committee passed the Global Health Security Act, bipartisan legislation offered by Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA), President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, and Congressman Steve Chabot (R-OH), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, Central Asia, and Nonproliferation. The legislation, which previously passed the House in September 2020, reaffirms the United States’ commitment to promoting global health security and is crucial to combatting the current coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
The Global Health Security Act has sought to address two main issues – that U.S. global health security staffing and activities are largely reliant on an executive order and not specifically supported in law, and that the U.S. needs a permanent designated official responsible for coordinating the interagency response to a global health security emergency. These issues are particularly urgent in light of the threat posed by the rapid spread of COVID-19 across the globe.
“The Global Health Security Act ensures that the U.S. Government, and the world, are ready for new diseases like the coronavirus, before they become pandemics,” Chabot said. “For two years, it has been an honor to work alongside Rep. Connolly on the Global Health Security Act. Through this legislation, we identified the need for Congress to take leadership on global pandemic preparedness and to make certain that we as a nation are not caught off guard by an emerging infectious disease. I encourage my colleagues to stand with us to support these critical priorities by taking the necessary preventative steps today.”
This Global Health Security Act would:
To strengthen the bill, Mr. Connolly and Mr. Chabot worked with Chairman Meeks and Ranking Member McCaul to:
The Global Health Security Act codifies U.S. investments in the ability to prepare for and respond to public health threats and reduce or prevent their spread across borders.
The Global Health Security Act is endorsed by ChildFund International, Global Citizen, Global Health Council, International Medical Corps, IntraHealth International, Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, Nuclear Threat Initiative, PATH, the American Society of the Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, and Management Sciences for Health (MSH), the ONE Campaign, The Borgen Project, the Sabin Vaccine Institute, and the American Society for Microbiology.
Connolly and Chabot penned an OpEd for The Hill on the need to pass this legislation in February 2020.