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Congressman Gus Bilirakis

Representing the 12th District of Florida

Bilirakis Introduces Legislation to Support First Responders and Public Safety

January 12, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Gus Bilirakis (FL-12) took to the House floor to speak on his legislation, the Medical Preparedness Allowable Use Act (H.R. 437). The bill would help boost medical countermeasures for first responders in the event of an emergency, like a terrorist attack or hurricane.   

Please see below for full remarks, or click here to watch online.

“Mr. Speaker, I rise today in support of my legislation, the Medical Preparedness Allowable Use Act, H.R. 437.

“Last year in Florida alone, we witnessed terrorism, major hurricanes, and the outbreak of the Zika virus.

“We need to be prepared for these types of emergencies, and we need to make sure our first responders have the tools they need to keep us safe.

“My bill enhances medical preparedness and promotes the stockpiling of medical countermeasures. This includes medical kits, protective gear, ventilators, and more.  

“Importantly, the legislation uses existing grant funds to accomplish this—it does not require new or additional funding.

“The Medical Preparedness Allowable Use Act ensures we take these critical steps now, so we are ready in case of crisis.

“In the wake of an emergency, our first responders bravely risk their lives on behalf of our safety. I introduced this bill to protect the public, and ‘protect our protectors.’

“Thank you.”

Bilirakis introduced the Medical Preparedness Allowable Use Act on Wednesday, and it is now being considered by the House Homeland Security Committee.