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Congressman Gus Bilirakis

Representing the 12th District of Florida

House Passes Bilirakis’ Bill to Support First Responders & Public Safety

January 31, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – The U.S. House of Representatives today unanimously passed the Medical Preparedness Allowable Use Act (H.R. 437) authored by Representative Gus Bilirakis (FL-12) to support first responders and public safety. The legislation secures reliable grant funding for the stockpiling of medical kits and equipment for first responders across the country, ensuring our communities are prepared for any type of emergency.

In the event of another public health crisis, like the outbreak of the Zika virus seen in Florida, the Medical Preparedness Allowable Use Act would ensure funding would be available for first responders’ planning, training, and purchasing protective equipment.

“When the worst occurs, our first responders are there for us on the front lines. I consistently find myself in awe of these brave men and women, and the sacrifices they make on the public’s behalf. The least we can do is make sure they have the tools to do their jobs and keep us safe—and that’s what my bill seeks to accomplish,” said Bilirakis.

Instead of requiring new or additional funding, H.R. 437 clarifies eligible uses for grant funds so first responders and the public can know that these vital countermeasures will be available when they need it. The legislation passed the House with bipartisan support, and will now be considered by the Senate. Please click here for the text of the bill.