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House Passed Homeland Security Bill Includes Bilirakis Provision to Support First Responders

July 20, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Authorization Act, H.R. 2825, which includes a provision authored by U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis (FL-12) to boost countermeasures for first responders. This legislation is the first authorization of DHS since its creation following the September 11, 2001 attacks.

“When everyone else runs away from danger, our first responders risk their lives on our behalf. My provision ensures first responders have the tools they need to keep themselves, and the public, safe during an emergency. It enhances medical preparedness and the stockpiling of countermeasures like medical kits, protective gear, ventilators, and more. The overall DHS Authorization Act will help our nation address the ever-evolving threats we face in a dangerous world. I’m pleased the House came together in a bipartisan vote to pass it today,” said Bilirakis.